Trump looks to strengthen 'peaceful pressure' on North Korea

Just a day after North Korea launched its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile the administration of US President Donald Trump is doubling down on its support for its so called peaceful pressure campaign and is looking for some of the new ways to strengthen that pressure in a new way. There are the new sanctions that President Donald Trump mentioned on Twitter that would be coming today although there has not been any kind of indication that there will be an announcement. Rex Tillerson who is the Secretary of State also indicated the United States was considering targeting the financial institutions who are doing business with North Korea and telling reporters that the administration had a long list of additional potential sanctions. The Treasury Department is all set to announce those when they are ready to be rolled out. Nikki Haley who is the ambassador of the United States to the United Nations said that US president Donald Trump told the Chinese President, XI Jinping during their conversation following the plan to cut off oil supplies to North Korea. Earlier in the day, the White House had already confirmed in a statement that during the call with the Chinese president, the US president stressed on the fact of the need for China to use all available levers to convince North Korea to end its provocations and return to the path of denuclearization.

:'China can do this on its own, or we can take the oil situation into our own hands' Haley warned at a United Nations Security Council meeting today and that China can do this on its own otherwise the US can take this oil situation into their own hands and this happened after the US, South Korea, and Japan called an emergency session to address the launch. Haley also renewed the call of the administration for all of the nations to discontinue diplomatic ties with North Korea and seriously limit military, technical, scientific or commercial cooperation, praising the 20 - plus countries around the world that have done so already. A State Department official gave the information to ABC News that the United States is also working with partner countries at the United Nations and in one on one conversation with each for increasing the maritime interdictions that is seizing ships traveling to and from North Korea that may be breaking the embargoes on the country. As per an official, the administration sees it as an important way to tighten existing sanctions.

January 16, 2022 - 17:48
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