Trump Launches New Sanctions On North Korea Through Executive Order

As Gen. McMaster previewed earlier in the day, moments ago President Trump announced a new executive action that "significantly expands" US authority to target individuals, companies and financial institutions that finance or facilitate trade with North Korea.

“I am announcing a new executive order to sign that significantly expands authorities to target individuals, companies, financial institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea,” Trump said.

While details remains scarce, among the notable big picture actions to be taken include:

  • TRUMP SAYS CHINA'S CENTRAL BANK HAS ORDERED THEIR BANKS TO STOP DOING BUSINESS WITH NORTH KOREA
  • TRUMP SAYS EFFORT WILL ALSO TARGET NORTH KOREAS SHIPPING, TRADE NETWORKS

The official announcement, which was made just before a United Nations summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Japan was happy with the announcement":

  • JAPAN'S SHINZO ABE WELCOMES NEW ACTION BY UNITED STATES
  • JAPAN'S ABE: `NEW STAGE OF PRESSURE' AGAINST NORTH KOREA

That said, as discussed earlier, Trump has once again refused to push the boundary too far and anger China, and as a result the president once again refused to implement any oil-linked sanctions, potentially limiting the only trade flow between China and North Korea that matters.

Comments

HowdyDoody Sir Edge Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:58 Permalink

The US military is slowly and surely being kicked out of Syria. They vacated one base west of the Euphrates around the time the SAA broke the siege. They have also left a second and bigger base at al Tanf where, guess what? - they were training more 'carefully vetted moderate head choppers'. The US has air dropped some troops in between the SAA on the east bank of the Euphrates and the major oil fields south of there. The SAA will simply bypass them and eventually come close to surrounding them again.The 'greatest military on earth' is getting its ass handed to it by a collection of 'sand niggers' as the USM kindly refers to the locals. They need to beat the shit out of someone else to restore loss of face. 

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HowdyDoody giovanni_f Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:36 Permalink

Something big has just happened in Syria:“Despite agreements signed in Astana on September 15, gunmen of Jabhat al-Nusra and joining them units that don’t want to comply with the cessation of hostilities terms, launched a large-scale offensive against positions of government troops north and northeast of Hama in Idlib de-escalation zone from 8 am on September 19 (…) According to available data, the offensive was initiated by American intelligence services to stop a successful advance of government troops east of Deir ez-Zor“.Russia unequivocally told the commanders of US forces in Al Udeid Airbase (Qatar) that it will not tolerate any shelling from the areas where the SDF are stationed (…)  Fire from positions in regions [controlled by the SDF] will be suppressed by all means necessary."The Russians have also noted that the biggest source of attacking fire against the SAA (+ Russian advisors) on the beach head comes from areas occupied by the SDF and their US SF advisors. The Russian military in Syria now has RoE allowing it to strike SDF positions when necessary without escalating to military command in Moscow. If US SF happen to be thre too, well tough shit.By a strange coincidence, the US Navy Strike Fight Squadron 31 has released a high quality video of their attacks 'against ISIS' including strikes against the SAA in the vicinity of al Tanf, Syria, and the shootdown of the Su-22. The YouTube video was pulled shortly after release but SouthFront has a copy. The aircraft carrier, USS George H W Bush,  they flew from was based in the eastern Mediterranean at the time. Interestingly there have been no more flights from that area since the Russians made an unanounced S-300 missile launch against an unspecified target in the eastern Med earlier this year.https://southfront.org/strike-fighter-squadron-31-releases-video-promot…

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not dead yet Canadian Dirtlump Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:41 Permalink

You forgot the most important aspect. Even though the generals claim they hope for peace but prepare for war it's all bullshit. They hope for war and unwillingly prepare for peace. What good are all those troops and weapons when they can be used by the generals to show their manly manhood kicking some other generals, who believes the same BS, ass as if it's some kind of board game only with living and soon to be dead beings. General Ripper may have been fiction but there plenty more generals like him in real life. Dr Strangelove may have been fiction but there was a lot of truth in that movie.

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nmewn Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:41 Permalink

Microsoft, Gooolag, Farcebook and the states of Kalifornia, Washington & Oregon immediately file for an injunction with the 9th Circus. 

Cautiously Pes… Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:42 Permalink

Great.  Just one tiny problem..... that FAT BASTARD and his puppet generals already have the toughest sanctions in the world on their own people, who won't know the difference any way.  Oh yeah....and I trust China about as far as I can throw them.  The fact is, we (meaning Clinton, Bush, and Obama) failed by kicking the can from here to farfoodle and back.  North Korea is now a nuclear power.  Not going to be putting that toothpaste back in the tube.   #WINNING! 

not dead yet Cautiously Pes… Thu, 09/21/2017 - 14:10 Permalink

And just maybe if the US hadn't treated them like shit since the start of the war they may be nice people today. More like the US has been kicking their can for over 60 years. Some generals have stated if there wasn't a North Korea one would be created. NK and it's actions allow the US to justify it's bases in the region and it's "pivot to Asia." Just as NATO is surrounding Russia with bases it's now China's turn to get surrounded by the empire. NK, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, and others are just sideshows as the US marches to rule the world leaving carnage in it's wake whether by bombs or sanctions.The South American countries have told Uncle Sam to piss off plenty the last few decades. Uncle is pissed that "inferior" people are standing in it's way and is flexing his muscles down there and Venezuela is at the top of the hit list and a lesson to the others.

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lolmao500 Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:43 Permalink

So... kim bank accounts are still not seized...nor are all gas and oil cut nor the components to make missile fuel banned from import... what a waste of time.Trump is either a dumb fuck or he's doing this on purpose so it fails and he can attack Kim.

Herdee Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:46 Permalink

Americans using this strategy of economic pressure through SWIFT and the Courts is gradually changing the world economic order. Soon, most countries will avoid this American system and use the other alternate systems that are developing.

swmnguy Herdee Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:51 Permalink

Yep.  None of this is really directed at the Norks.  It's all about pushing other countries around and trying to make them dance to the US's tune.As such, this is accelerating the collapse of the American Empire to warp-speed.For the US to squander our power and influence on a total waste of time like North Korea is a sign of grave weakness.  It may fool domestic idiots, but it's not fooling anyone else in the world.  To the contrary, it's actively demonstrating to the rest of the world that they need to get their alternatives in order right now.  And they are, as we speak.

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rwe2late Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:54 Permalink

 New sanctions are not really directed against NK (or Iran). That publicized reason is a false excuse, a smokescreen to placate the mass ass. The (secondary) sanctions (economic/financial war) will actually be directed against Russia and China. The point is not so much how NK is affected. The real point is how Russian and Chinese banks and business are affected. And it is all in the context of seeking global submission to the empire.https://www.counterpunch.org/2017/09/19/trumps-war-on-the-north-korean-…

PorscheNoSub HowdyDoody Thu, 09/21/2017 - 16:43 Permalink

Are you saying the THAAD system itself is a nuclear first strike system? Or, that its ability to intercept ICBMs gives the US [technically] counter-strike ICBMs the actual effect of being a first strike?  To my understanding, the THAAD doesn't even have a warhead. It is a kinetic, hit-to-kill system. The rocket dimensions would likely indicate there isn't a (disclosed) active warhead that would fit on the rocket.  

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rwe2late Davidduke2000 Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:31 Permalink

If your point is to suggest that US financial sanctions have no appreciable effect on Russia or China,then you are mistaken, especially about secondary sanctions.e.g.As a shot across the bow, the U.S. sanctioned the Chinese Bank of Dandong back in June, leading to Western firms severing contacts with the institution.

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Fiscal.Enema Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:54 Permalink

The US and other nations did this to Japan in the 1930s and the result was war in the Pacific.There is only one way this will be resolved and that is War.