Trump drops new North Korea sanctions because he 'likes' Kim: White House

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President Donald Trump ordered the Treasury Department to withdraw its latest sanctions aimed at North Korea on Friday, rescinding a directive administration officials made the day before.

President Trump talks with reporters before boarding Marine One at the White House on March 22.

US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sit down before their one-on-one chat during the second US-North Korea summit at the Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, February 27, 2019.

These were the first sanctions imposed since President Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi last month, his second meeting with Kim, which ended without a new agreement on denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

The president's national security adviser touted the sanctions in remarks thought to represent the position of the White House. The maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea's illicit shipping practices.

"Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea's sanctions evasion", he said.

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"What is unclear here, to White House officials, what they do next", she said.

Trump has stressed his good personal relationship with Kim and his administration has stressed its willingness to reengage with North Korea. "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. 'This erratic, incoherent approach to foreign policy is making the world a more risky place'. Ltd. and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co.

In what had been a move to ratchet up pressure further, the Treasury Department on Thursday had imposed the sanctions on two Chinese-based companies to highlight "the deceptive methods that the North Korean regime uses to circumvent worldwide and U.S. sanctions, as well as the U.S. Government's commitment to implement existing UN Security Council resolutions".

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that tough action from the global community must continue for Kim to willingly give up his nuclear weapons.

The Treasury Department just Thursday had announced the round of sanctions targeting two Chinese shipping companies that it said have helped North Korea evade sanctions.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement that fully implementing the United Nations resolutions is key to getting Kim to give up his nuclear weapons program.