Published: Sat, February 24, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Trump to Announce New Sanctions Against North Korea at CPAC

Trump to Announce New Sanctions Against North Korea at CPAC

"But hopefully something positive can happen".

The measures, which target North Korea's attempts to evade United Nations sanctions through deceptive shipping practices, were the latest in the administration's policy of applying "maximum pressure" on the country to compel it to engage in credible talks for denuclearisation.

On Wednesday, Tokyo reported an alleged violation of the United Nations sanctions by Pyongyang after detecting an apparent cargo transfer between the North Korean tanker Yu Jong 2 and an unidentified vessel in the East China Sea.

The announcement comes two months after the UN Security Council said it was imposing its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea.

The sanctioned entities include companies based in China, Singapore and Panama.

Japan said late on Tuesday that its military had spotted a North Korean-flagged tanker lying alongside a small vessel of unknown origin with Chinese characters on it in the East China Sea, indicating it was possibly an oil tanker from the southeastern Chinese province of Fujian.

"This will significantly hinder the Kim regime's capacity to conduct evasive maritime activities", said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

"The success of the illicit trade relies on secrecy, and the most effective approach against that is exposure", Osborne said.

Gen Kim was the North's intelligence chief, and is believed to have plotted several attacks on South Korea.

Since August of previous year, the USA has helped oversee three rounds of United Nations Security Council sanctions against North Korea.

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Speaking at a new conference on Friday, President Trump warned of serious consequences if the latest round of sanctions did not generate results. "We'll see", - said trump. "So we'll see", the US President said responding to a question on North Korea.

He said if the sanctions don't work, his administration will "have to go to phase two". "Phase two may be a very rough thing", the president said in Washington, without elaborating.

The new sanctions come as the Trump's daughter and senior adviser Ivanka is in Pyeongchang in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Games on Sunday.

The United States has led an global campaign to tighten sanctions on North Korea to force it to give up its development of weapons and missiles program.

The move is just the administration's latest in an worldwide campaign to choke off the Kim Jong-un regime and force the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the USA now has blacklisted virtually all ships being used by the North. So the big question is this: Will she end up in the same position as Pence - in a VIP box with a North Korean delegation nearby?

A North Korean delegation will also attend the closing ceremony, but the South Korean government said it's unlikely that Ivanka Trump will meet the North Koreans or defectors from North Korea.

Or, its weapons tests could be timed more randomly, to keep the world on its toes.

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