President Donald Trump slapped sanctions on North Korea over the weekend over their continuous desire to violate international law.
“Today’s sanctions are aimed at disrupting the networks and methods that the government of North Korea employs to fund its unlawful nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement published Friday. “I urge our partners and allies to take similar measures to cut off its funding.”
According to the Treasury Department, those named in the sanctions announcement were “working as agents of the regime in Russia, China, Vietnam, and Cuba to provide financial support or procurement services” for WMDs.
On Monday, Trump followed it up by saying that he will take North Korea down and pressure China to stop protecting them and their developing nuclear weapons program.
The Pyongyang government issued the following statement:
“(T)he revolutionary forces of the DPRK with its nuclear force for self-defense as its pivot will fulfill its sacred mission of devotedly defending its supreme leadership representing the destiny and life of its people by dealing a merciless sledge-hammer blow at those daring to hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership like a puppy knowing no fear of the tiger.”
Hopefully Trump can encourage Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week to pressure the North Koreans to abandon their dangerous behavior.