Trump announces heaviest ever set of new sanctions on N. Korea

Trump announces heaviest ever set of new sanctions on N. Korea

But it took the President almost 80 minutes to mention the sanctions - which he did only briefly - at the end of his free-wheeling speech.

Trump told a meeting of United States conservatives on Friday that the measures are "the heaviest sanctions ever imposed". "But hopefully the sanctions will work", said Trump. I can assure you that is in the process.

The ships are located, registered or flagged in North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama and Comoros.

The Trump administration is hitting more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses with sanctions in the latest bid to turn up the pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program, a senior administration official said Friday.

The announcement named nine global shipping companies and nine of their vessels, including some based or flagged in China, the Comoros, and Panama. Tsang has a record of sanctions evasion activities, according to Treasury.

The sanctions, he said, "shine a spotlight on the practices employed by the government of North Korea to falsify identification information on ships and illicit cargo". Those sanctions are also heavily restricting North Korean fuel supplies.

Washington's hard line emerged as the dominant theme of Trump's trip, with White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders telling reporters: "We are going to continue a campaign of maximum pressure, the latest sanctions are the strongest that we have had on North Korea".

China's compliance efforts have been hampered by a number of incidents of sanction-busting operations.

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Speculation is high in South Korea that she might deliver a message from President Trump on North Korea.

US Vice President Mike Pence had hinted at such a sanctions package two weeks ago during a stop in Tokyo that preceded his visit to South Korea for the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Trump is leading the US delegation at Sunday's closing ceremony. But we'll have to see. She was decked out in a Team USA hat and red snowsuit.

At a dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Ivanka Trump reaffirmed "our commitment to our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized".

Asked if she had the appropriate security clearance, Mnuchin said, "She has the appropriate access to brief the president".

For now, there are no signs that Ivanka Trump will meet Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who is to attend the closing ceremony.

South Korean media said Moon emphasized the importance of U.S.

"President Moon also said out of all countries, South Korea has the strongest will to say it can not acknowledge North Korea as a nuclear state", he said.

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