Trump surprises by revoking North Korea sanctions immediately after Treasury imposes them

Trump surprises by revoking North Korea sanctions immediately after Treasury imposes them

Trump believes his own personal relationship with Kim would convince the North Korean dictator to abandon his country's decades-old effort to be able to hit the USA mainland with a nuclear strike.

Political Twitter cranked up to 11 on Friday after President Donald Trump announced that he's lifting the sanctions his administration just enacted to put pressure on North Korea.

Trump also tweeted Friday that he had "ordered the withdrawal of those additional sanctions".

Adam Schiff, a Democrat who heads the intelligence committee in the House of Representatives, blasted Trump for cancelling sanctions "imposed only yesterday and championed by his own national security advisor, because he "loves" Kim".

This was an apparent reference to sanctions the Treasury Department had announced Thursday on Chinese shipping companies doing business with North Korea.

Just hours after the announcement, North Korea withdrew from the inter-Korean liaison office. -North Korea relations had begun to sour. Those sanctions prompted swift pushback from the Chinese and North Korea governments.

Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, says the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea's illicit shipping practices.

She noted that Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump "likes" North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un - a brutal authoritarian - and doesn't think these sanctions are necessary. 'Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea's sanctions evasion'.

Bolton said early this month that the United States would look at ramping up sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang did not scrap its nuclear weapons program.

That plan was on ice after Trump left his summit in Hanoi with Kim without striking a nuclear accord China and North Korea are allies, and Xi indicated he's unwilling to cross an ocean to meet with Trump until he's certain he'll come away with a trade deal.

A senior White House official who briefed reporters on the latest sanctions on Thursday said the announcement was meant to maintain sanctions enforcement rather than intensify pressure.

In what had been a move to ratchet up pressure further, the Treasury Department on Thursday had imposed the sanctions on two Chinese-based companies to highlight "the deceptive methods that the North Korean regime uses to circumvent worldwide and U.S. sanctions, as well as the U.S. Government's commitment to implement existing UN Security Council resolutions".

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