President Trump Increases Sanctions Against North Korea

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President Donald Trump issued an executive order that intends to impose additional sanctions against North Korea.

The move comes on the heels of the recent nuclear missile tests that have strained relationships between the two countries. These sanctions are aimed at the country’s shipping industry, trade, ports, and manufacturing.

An excerpt from the document reads, “The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea, including its intercontinental ballistic missile launches of July 3 and July 28, 2017, and its nuclear test of September 2, 2017,(…) constitute a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and a disturbance of the international relations of the United States.”

As a result of the order, no vessel that has called at a port in North Korea within the previous 180 days, and no vessel that has engaged in a ship‑to‑ship transfer with such a vessel within the previous 180 days, may call at a port in the United States.

Additionally, a blockade is being imposed on all property and interests of persons operating in the construction, energy, financial services, fishing, information technology, manufacturing, medical, mining, textiles, or transportation industries in North Korea. This also applies to owning, controlling, or operating any port in North Korea, including any seaport, airport, or land port of entry.

The intention is to create economic pressure that will cut off revenue, which aids the development of its nuclear program.