Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

China angered by US sanctions on N. Korea

China angered by US sanctions on N. Korea

Speaking at a new conference on Friday, President Trump warned of serious consequences if the latest round of sanctions did not generate results.

The latest sanctions are created to put the squeeze on North Korea's already precarious economy and fuel supply. They bring the total number of U.S.

"The President is clearly frustrated, and rightly so, over efforts that have failed in the past and also over the uptick in testing and the advancements we have seen in the North Korean program in the recent period of time and over the last couple of decades", an official said.

M - The United States is imposing a fresh set of sanctions on North Korea - the "largest ever", BBC reports as President Trump saying.

"Frankly hopefully something positive can happen", he said instead.

Deputy Justice Minister Chen Ming-tang said prosecutors have launched an investigation into Tsang and the two Taiwanese entities to seek more evidence about their alleged actions violating global sanctions against North Korea.

The Trump administration has also sought greater cooperation from Southeast Asian countries, which may have little military capability to assist but are seen as sources of intelligence on ship movements, U.S. officials said. "Phase Two may be a very rough thing".

In August, Trump threatened to go beyond sanctions by bringing 'fire and fury like the world has never seen, ' although his administration has repeatedly said it prefers a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

President Donald Trump announced harsh new shipping sanctions against North Korea on Friday - a clear signal, near the end of an Olympic Games marked by a rapprochement on the Korean Peninsula, that his pressure campaign against Pyongyang will not let up.

It said the move was aimed at shutting down North Korea's illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal.

The US Department of the Treasury listed a Taiwanese national, Tsang Yung-yuan (張永源), and two companies he owns or controls among the sanctioned entities.

The sanctions target 56 entities - 27 shipping and trade companies, 28 vessels, and one individual -located all over the world, from North Korea to China to Tanzania, according to senior US administration officials.

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North Korean vessels, which are prohibited under the UN Security Council.

In addition to China, the department sanctioned ships from Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama and Comoros.

"Tsang has coordinated North Korean coal exports with a Russia-based North Korean broker, and he has a history of other sanctions evasion activities", the Treasury said in a statement.

The North Korean military and broader economy depends heavily on imports of coal and oil from China and Russian Federation.

Ivanka Trump, who is one of her father's close advisers, is leading the USA delegation at this weekend's closing ceremony for the Pyeongchang Games.

The sanctions target one individual, 27 entities and 28 vessels located, registered, or flagged in North Korea, China, Taiwan and other countries.

The Blue House has said there are no official opportunities for USA and North Korean officials to meet.

"We're not going to announce in advance anything that we may do in the future on military actions", said Mnuchin.

Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to the president who doesn't plan to make North Korea the main focus of her visit, said the Trump administration is committed to "our maximum pressure campaign to ensure that the Korean Peninsula is denuclearized".

According to the Treasury, the DPRK's shipping agencies have taken to falsifying vessel markings in order to evade detection.

The latest USA sanctions name two Chinese shipping firms - Shandong province-based Weihai World-Shipping Freight and Shanghai-based Shanghai Dongfeng Shipping Co Ltd. His delegation will also meet with Moon.

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