Trump To Impose More Sanctions On North Korea Today

Tyler Durden's picture

Update: According to Bloomberg, Trump won't be declaring war (yet), and instead the announcement is sanctions related.


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Following yesterday's anticlimatic Rex Tillerson press conference in which the Secretary of State was expected, by some, to make an important announcement only to disappoint, moments ago National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on CNN that "the president will make an important announcement today about the continuation of our efforts to resolve this problem with North Korea short of war."

McMaster added that Trump will "make that announcement as he meets with our very close allies South Korea and Japan.”

As Bloomberg reminds us, President Trump is set to meet with South Korea President Moon Jae-inat 11:30am and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at 12:15pm in New York.

McMaster said Trump has also made a decision about Iran deal. "I know what the decision is - but when the president reveals that, when he talks about it he’ll place it context of the broader approach to Iran” and what we have to do to keep Iran from continuing destabilizing efforts.

Separately, Vice President Mike Pence says on Fox "we don’t want a military option" on North Korea. “I met yesterday with the foreign minister of China and we made it very clear that we expect them to do more.”

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BaBaBouy's picture

. . . RODMAN ? ? ?

Crazy Or Not's picture

Trump: "While I speak, US forces and missiles on my command are underway to targets in North Korea...."

J Jason Djfmam's picture

No! We have to wait until Saturday the 23rd of September!

giovanni_f's picture

Donald: Hello, I am Donald Covfefe Trump and I will make an important announcement shortly.

Giovanni_f: Hello Ivanka. You look so cute when you put on that "presidential" look. Almost as cute as that monkey with the pretzel GWB when he announced yet another war crime under the pretext of self-defense.

BennyBoy's picture


US will ban all shipments of the truth.

PrayingMantis's picture

... more sanctions? ... Trump will sanction NK's diplomats' parking rights in NY ? ...

>>> "North Korea owes NYC $156k in unpaid parking tickets" ... >>> ...

... " ... “It is false. Whenever we have a ticket, we pay. Because, you know, if we have three tickets the city does not allow us to renew their permission,” Jong Jo, secretary of North Korea’s UN mission, told NBC. ..."

... more kabuki drama from the sitcom "Orange Man vs. Rocket Man" ... ;)

Chupacabra-322's picture


What happened to the "Diplomacy" your General was peddling a couple of days ago?

swmnguy's picture

Well, yeah, what more sanctions can the US impose in the first place?  We're going to not do any business with North Korea even more?

This isn't about North Korea at all.  This is about the US imposing its will on China, Russia, South Korea, Japan, and any other country that might have anything at all to do with North Korea.

The rest of the world increasingly has decisions to make, and the US is ramping up the pressure.  My fear is that the rest of the world is going to decide dealing with the US is a one-way street and not worth the trouble.  America's abuse of the SWIFT banking system has already forced Russia, China and Iran into adopting their own system, and other nations are going to go to that system.  Soon enough, and indeed sooner and sooner with each instance of Imperial over-reach, the rest of the world will abandon the US dollar as global reserve currency.  At that point, the US Empire is over.

When you have a handful of sand, you don't squeeze.  Every Empire makes this mistake.  Donald Trump has made this mistake his entire life and knows no other approach.  Many of us have been observing the signs of decline of the US Empire, but thought it would take a decade to become obvious, and several more decades to become universally acknowledged.  Since January, the pace of decline has accelerated to the point that the US Empire may be closed for business before the next regularly scheduled US Presidential election.  More bullying and more bluster only advertises the fundamental and existential weakness of the US.  The waste of US power on North Korea, of all minor trivial irritants, only exacerbates and accelerates the weakening process.

general ambivalent's picture

The whole world needs to wake up, blockade the US, seize its bases and assets, and imprison its murderous agents. The Yapping Goldendoodle is a far bigger threat to the world than 'Rocket Man'.

Chupacabra-322's picture

@ General,

Hedgemony is difficult & expensive to keep Centrialized for long periods of time.

Rome comes to mind.

"I know not why any one but a school-boy in his declamation should whine over the Commonwealth of Rome, which grew great only by the misery of the rest of mankind. The Romans, like others, as soon as they grew rich, grew corrupt; and in their corruption sold the lives and freedoms of themselves, and of one another. [...] A people, who while they were poor robbed mankind; and as soon as they became rich, robbed one another."

Samuel Johnson: Review of Thomas Blackwell's "Memoirs of the Court of Augustus"

giovanni_f's picture

Correct analysis. Even _if_ the US managed to somehow "win" (or declare defeat as victory to the clueless masses)  the next few wars - its decay is unstoppable nevertheless. At some point the deep inner rot of the US will take the whole shitshow down. There is no remedy. The stench of a decomposing cadaver can be smelled whenever a hungry ghost like Nikki Haley starts spewing out her venom like a flipped-out witch.

The US will soffocate from its own vomit and there is no way to reverse this century-long process. It started with the surrender of the articles of confederation, continued with Madison's war, the Monroe Doctrin, culminated with the destruction of Iraq, Libya, Syria and will end with the break-up of the US.

My impression is that about 6.630 billion people on planet earth (count out the Poles, Ukrainians and Israel) are waiting for the end of the US with its paranoid ful-spectrum-dominance phantasies, praying that it will come along without the destruction of too much of arable land outside the US. I know it sounds hard for all righteous Americans, but see, the Germans werre equally collectively punished for their deeds after having lost the war. So take it with dignity.

swmnguy's picture

As a lifelong American, I've been uniquely privileged to live in the seat of Imperium, but not at the very center.  I like living in "flyover land," in Minneapolis.  I liken it to being a 3rd Century AD Roman citizen, living in Marseilles or Genoa or someplace like that.  Close enough to enjoy the benefits, pleasant and insignificant to maybe escape the worst of the wrath in collapse.

Not that I expect to get through it unscathed, of course. Living close to the source of one's food, and near lots of clean water, is going to be very important as this plays out.  Global warming is actually helping, as we've warmed nearly a full USDA Hardiness Zone over the past couple of decades.  But it's still cold enough in the winter that one needs to know how to deal with it, and most people won't choose us as a location to flee toward.

libertyanyday's picture

you lost your lunch money at school every day........pasafist's are defending NK's bullying position, not only has kim threatened the USA but has lobbed missles directly over japan.  The US makes no such threats, just letting the bully know that he is gonna get stomped if he doesnt stop.  Pasafists have never won anything but misery and despair for their believers.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Come on, at least try to make the lies plausible.

Eyes Opened's picture

Are u posting from prison ??.....

Vageling's picture

Pasafists? Is that like having a raisin in your palm while making a fist? Poor raisin, you sqeeze it that way. Thanks for the laugh.

swmnguy's picture

What kind of candy-ass crybaby pussy lets North Korea "bully" them in the first place?  Why would you let yourself adopt the victim mindset?  Kim can say whatever the fuck he wants; only a weakling takes him at his word and lets him have the upper hand.

Pacifists, who know how the word is spelled, don't need to "win" anything by conflict because there's nothing to be gained that way.  You wouldn't even know when you're dealing with a pacifist, because everything goes smoothly, and you yourself do what the situation eases you into doing.

Keeping proclaiming your fear and weakness there good buddy.  We'll probably find it more conducive to our interests to let you keep your lunch money.  You'll count that such a victory you won't even notice we've maneuvered you into serving our interests and you thought you won.

gmrpeabody's picture

Perhaps the POTUS will announce that the health benefits of eating fermented cabbage are bad.., VERY BAD.

Shemp 4 Victory's picture


Perhaps the POTUS will announce that the health benefits of eating fermented cabbage are bad.., VERY BAD.

Oh, great, now he's threatening the krauts.

giovanni_f's picture

Kraut, which the Germans learnt about from the Romans who knew about its tremendous health benefits. For a Prepper there should be nothing more precious. You can keep it for months without cooling and it has many vitamins.

In Germany, you have to go to Bavaria though, as the silly-as-fuck ignorant Prussians don't know how to prepare food. They eat worse than the tasteless pigs they raise.

libertyanyday's picture

no food value, stone soup has lots of minerals also......

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Clearly you were lacking in iodine as a child.

giovanni_f's picture

He grew up in a safe space - forgive him.

Hillarys Server's picture

Yes, either that or "Michael ... is Kim's father."

Who really knows?

thunderchief's picture

Rodman needs to lay down some lead pipe on the North,  For Liberty!

The American warmongering machine won't give up that easy..

shankster's picture

They will become the 51st state since Puerto Rico can't make the meeting.

PontifexMaximus's picture

nothing new under the sun, only déjà-vu.

unrulian's picture

How much have we paid the MIC since the 80s to come up with a missle shield? a Trillion or more and we're still not safe from rocket boy?

Winston Churchill's picture

Just the USN has spent far more than that.

Overall probably $5tn since the 80's.

Most was stolen though, so there is that.

syzygysus's picture

adjusted for inflation the amount would be staggering.

HRClinton's picture

"Would be"?  It IS.

Stop pulling your punches. 

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Yeah, like $20 trillions staggering...

general ambivalent's picture

What inflation? I thought everyone supported stagnating minimum wages because things were going so well...

Able Ape's picture

LOL - most of that money sent to the MIC went towards blow, booze, broads, and boondoggles... Hey, I gotta F35 to sell ya!...

giovanni_f's picture

0.4711 BTC (effective combat value)

cstu7011's picture

and don't forget 5 year old little boys and girls..

cstu7011's picture

We're never safe from ((( rocket boy )))

Ben Tornilloed's picture

The rocket man is actually Major Tom?

shankster's picture

A cell-phone and EBT card for all NK citizens and one-way ticket to Miami.

cstu7011's picture

Don't be mean to California... they want some too..

quadraspleen's picture

All these squirrels. we'll be seeing a squirrel colony soon.

What's the other hand doing, Donny?

williambanzai7's picture

Kim has 24 hours to cease his weapons program, otherwise we will drop The Oprah device on Ping Pong.

Banana Republican's picture

I see an opportunity for you to rework the classic Slim Pickens scene here…

Pliskin's picture

I've got $100 at William Hills that Trump is anouncing a new Trump Hotel in Pyongyang.

In your face bitchezz!


HRClinton's picture

They deliver Rocket Pizzas?