Trump Moves to Reverse New Treasury Sanctions on North Korea Because He ‘Likes Chairman Kim’

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President Donald Trump ordered on Friday the withdrawal of additional sanctions on North Korea that the U.S. Treasury Department had recently implemented because he “likes” North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un, according to the White House.

National security adviser John Bolton did not specifically refer to the contents of the sanctions put on North Korea, but on Thursday, he urged “everyone” to beware of the country’s strategies and tactics to circumvent international and U.S. sanctions.

Bolton also described North Korea’s actions in practicing illegal shipping practices with Chinese shipping companies that interfered with international trade and aided nuclear weapons.

“Important actions today from [U.S. Treasury Department]; the maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea’s illicit shipping practices,” Bolton tweeted.

“Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea’s sanctions evasion,” he added.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also urged for the sanctions.

“Treasury will continue to enforce our sanctions, and we are making it explicitly clear that shipping companies employing deceptive tactics to mask illicit trade with North Korea expose themselves to great risk,” Mnuchin said in a statement.

However, despite their warnings, the sanctions lasted less than 24 hours before being challenged by Trump, who exclaimed his order to reverse the Treasury Department’s decision based on his belief there is already enough oversight.

“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” Trump announced on Twitter. “I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders quickly followed up on Trump’s statement to add that the president’s policy decision stemmed from his fondness of the North Korean leader, claiming that the additional sanctions are not a necessity based on his relationship with Kim.

“President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” she said.

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