Trump withdraws new North Korea sanctions

Saul Bowman
March 24, 2019

Sidestepping his own Treasury Dept. and withdrawing sanctions against North Korea the same day they were announced defies logic, ' said Maryland Sen.

"I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions", Trump tweeted.

A spokesperson for Bolton could not be reached for comment on Friday afternoon as Democrats pummeled Trump for the about face. It was unclear whether Trump was blindsided by the sanctions, or whether he'd been persuaded by someone to oppose them after they had been issued.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced on Thursday it was sanctioning two Chinese shipping companies, Dalian Haibo International Freight Co. Those new actions were fulfilled under existing sanctions authority. Trump tweeted on Friday.

The official said that financial as well as shipping companies risked US action if they were found to be in violation of sanctions. But hours after the tweet, reports emerged that he was citing a new set of broader sanctions that the Treasury Department had not yet announced.

There were no new USA sanctions on the DPRK announced on Friday.

The Trump administration did not respond to queries to explain what Trump meant in his tweet for more than five hours.

Donald Trump has abruptly ordered the withdrawal of additional "large-scale" sanctions on North Korea, immediately after the Treasury Department imposed them, with his press secretary saying that the US President "likes" North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and does not think they are necessary.

So what was Trump referring to?

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not elaborate on which sanctions were being referred to by the president.

National Security Adviser John Bolton had used these latest sanctions as a warning shot to all that they couldn't ignore the actions of the worldwide community...

Some of Trump's top aides, however, have been more skeptical, especially his national security adviser John Bolton, who has long preferred piling on additional sanctions to North Korea in an effort to bend the regime to Washington's will.

The Treasury Department announced on Thursday it would be imposing new sanctions against Pyongyang, further restricting the isolated, nuclear-armed state's options for worldwide trade.

It all made for a muddled message, not just to North Korea but also to allies, whose cooperation in upholding economic sanctions is critical, and the disarray once again suggested an administration at odds with its chief executive.

"It is really meant to be a continuous activity of the U.S., and it really needs to a continuous activity of. all of the United Nations members to maintain the integrity of the sanctions", a senior administration official told CNN on Thursday. "Does Treasury roll back these sanctions on these Chinese entities?" "Everyone over here is watching Twitter and the news".

North Korea has demonstrated its frustration with the outcome of the summit.

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