In surprise move, China cooperates with U.S.

Daily News Article   —   Posted on September 25, 2017

(by Veronica Stracqualursi, ABC News) – President Donald Trump [announced] on Thursday that China, North Korea’s principal trading partner, has ordered its banks to stop doing business with the rogue regime.

“I’m very proud to tell you that, as you may have just heard moments ago, China, their central bank has told their other banks — that’s a massive banking system — to immediately stop doing business with North Korea,” he said at the United Nations alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The president went on, “Again, I want to just say and thank President Xi [Jinping] of China for the very bold move he made today. That was a somewhat unexpected move, and we appreciate it.”

[China is North Korea’s main trading partner which allows the regime to launder drug and illegal arms money.] The president spoke after signing an executive order aimed at companies and financial institutions that do business with North Korea.

“Foreign banks will face a clear choice to do business with the United States or facilitate trade with the lawless regime in North Korea,” he said.

President Trump [said] that his order will “cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind.” Early this month, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, and [soon after that] the country fired a missile over Japanese airspace.  Prime Minister Abe welcomed the new sanctions* enforced by the United States. [*sanctions are actions that are taken to force a country to obey international laws by limiting or stopping trade with that country, by not allowing economic aid for that country, etc.]

President Trump [said] the U.S. Treasury Department will begin identifying new industries that it can target with strong sanctions, like manufacturing, fishing and textiles.

“For much too long, North Korea has been allowed to abuse the international financial system to facilitate funding for nuclear weapons and missile programs,” said Trump.

He said the U.S. seeks a “complete denuclearization of North Korea.”

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin…[told] reporters on Thursday, “No bank in any country should be used to facilitate Kim Jong Un’s destructive behavior. [Foreign financial institutions are on notice going forward. They can do business with the United States or North Korea, but not both.]”

The Secretary emphasized that “the action is directed at everyone” and not specifically China. [He added, “The objective is for North Korea to stop their missile tests and give up their nuclear weapons.”]

The new sanctions from the Trump administration come two days after he told the United Nations General Assembly that the U.S. would “totally destroy” North Korea if its leader, Kim Jong Un does harm to the U.S. or its allies.

“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” President Trump said Tuesday in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.

“Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime,” President Trump said, using an epithet he has recently adopted to refer to Kim. [Watch a video clip from the UN speech under “Resources” below.]

…During their meeting earlier on Thursday, Presient Moon praised Trump’s UN speech as “strong” and said he believes it will “help contain North Korea.”

“North Korea has continued to make provocations, and this is extremely deplorable, and this has angered me and our people,” Moon said. “The United States has responded firmly and in a very good way.”

“I’m happy you used the word ‘deplorable,'” Trump said, getting some laughs from the room. “I promise, I did not tell them to use that word.” …

[These latest developments follow a phone call President Trump had with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The two agreed on “maximizing pressure” on the rogue regime over its escalating weapons program…through vigorous enforcement of United Nations Security Council resolutions,” according to a White House statement.

On September 11th, the 15-member UN Security Council​ agreed unanimously to impose sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for successfully detonating a nuclear device earlier this month​ and for its recent launch of two intercontinental ballistic missiles.​ The penalties, which China and Russia supported, place severe restrictions on President Kim Jong Un’s government to import oil and textiles.]​

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