Just a few days ago, President Trump appeared in front of the United Nations for the first time. In that speech, Trump singled out North Korea, promising that the United States could “totally destroy” the rogue nation. Referring to North Korean leader Kim Jung-un as “Rocket Man,” Trump warned the dictator to put a halt to their nuclear ambitions.
Of course, President Trump understands that the situation in North Korea requires more than stern words. Having learned from President Obama’s missteps that bad nuclear deals don’t make the world safer, Trump is already taking strong action to rein in nuclear North Korea.
From The Independent:
Donald Trump says that the US will impose new sanctions on North Korea in response to the country’s developing nuclear programme and increasingly aggressive missile demonstrations.
“We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea,” Mr. Trump said during a meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani Thursday. The announcement came days after the President taunted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, calling him “Rocket Man” in a speech to the UN General Assembly, and saying that the Korean leader was on a “suicide mission.
“The draft executive order will allow the United States to target individuals, businesses, and financial institutions that help North Korea’s regime, Mr. Trump said. In those remarks, the President called North Korea a “rogue regime” and a “grave threat” to the world. Some reports indicate that the sanctions could target oil.
In a positive development, China appears ready to cooperate with the sanctions:
The announcement came as the Chinese central bank told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang amid American concerns that Beijing isn’t being tough enough in response to North Korea’s nuclear threat.
South Korea, which faces the gravest threat from its northern neighbor, has applauded Trump’s handling of the situation:
“North Korea has continued to make provocations, and this is extremely deplorable,” South Korean President Moon Jae-in said through an interpreter of the nuclear test. “But the US has responded firmly, and in a very good way.”
At this point, it remains unclear whether the new sanctions will have an impact on the situation. While this isn’t the first time sanctions have been tried, this go-round could be different as the Chinese seek to take a tougher stance. If North Korea cannot keep the loyalty of its only major ally, it may signal the end of their nuclear ambitions.
If Kim is unwilling to back down, President Trump has shown that he is ready — and willing — to take decisive action. North Korea would be wise not to test American resolve, lest they desire being “totally destroyed.”
[Note: This post was written by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]