President Trump quickly announced Friday that he was withdrawing sanctions on North Korea, instantly after his own Treasury Department enforced them.
” It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional big scale Sanctions would be contributed to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today bought the withdrawal of those extra Sanctions!” Trump tweeted Friday afternoon.
This was an obvious referral to sanctions the Treasury Department had announced Thursday on Chinese shipping business working with North Korea. Those sanctions triggered quick pushback from the Chinese and North Korean governments.
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When asked about the president’s tweet, White Home Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said: “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t believe these sanctions will be essential.”
The Treasury Department did not right away react to Fox News’ demand for comment.
The president’s uncommon relocation follows his second top with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, held last month in Hanoi, Vietnam. Trump went out of that top after refusing to consent to the North’s demands of lifting all sanctions.
In what had been a relocate to ratchet up pressure even more, the Treasury Department on Thursday had actually imposed the sanctions on 2 Chinese-based business to highlight “the misleading methods that the North Korean program utilizes to prevent worldwide and U.S. sanctions, in addition to the U.S. Federal government’s dedication to carry out existing UN Security Council resolutions.”
” The United States and our like-minded partners remain committed to accomplishing the final, totally validated denuclearization of North Korea and think that the full execution of North Korea-related UN Security Council resolutions is essential to an effective outcome,” stated Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a declaration Thursday. “Treasury will continue to impose our sanctions, and we are making it clearly clear that shipping companies utilizing misleading techniques to mask illegal trade with North Korea expose themselves to great danger.”
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On Friday, the Chinese foreign ministry pushed back on the sanctions, stating that they “resolutely oppose any country enforcing unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction over Chinese entities under its own domestic laws.”
” We have made solemn problems with the U.S. on this matter, urging the U.S. to immediately stop such errors, so as not to affect the cooperation between the two sides on pertinent problems,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry stated, including that any Chinese enterprises and people would be examined according to China’s laws.
Fox News’ Kellianne Jones, Kristin Brown and David Nath added to this report.