Trump Warns World Of "Very, Very Unfortunate Phase 2" If North Korean Sanctions Fail

If you weren't paying attention, you might have missed it; but during today's joint press conference with Aussie PM Turnbull, US President Trump let slip a brief comment that the rest of the world should likely be paying close attention to.

After unveiling the "heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before" against North Korea earlier in the day, President Trump told the gathered media that the US will go to "Phase 2" if those sanctions do not have the desired effects of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

As Reuters reports, in addressing what the Trump administration calls its biggest national security challenge, the U.S. Treasury sanctioned one person, 27 companies and 28 ships, according to a statement on the U.S. Treasury Department’s website.

The United States also proposed a list of entities to be blacklisted under separate United Nations sanctions, a move “aimed at shutting down North Korea’s illicit maritime smuggling activities to obtain oil and sell coal.”

The U.S. Treasury said the sanctions were designed to disrupt North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels and further isolate Pyongyang, but as we noted previously Russian and Chinese ships have been "caught red handed" breaking the sanctions.

All of which led to his comments during today's press conference during which Trump made apparent reference to military options his administration has repeatedly said remain on the table.

"If the sanctions don’t work, we’ll have to go phase two," Trump said.

"Phase two may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world. But hopefully the sanctions will work."

The president did not specify exactly what he meant by 'Phase 2' and qualified the statement saying that he didn’t think he was "going to exactly play that card."

As a reminder, in August, Trump threatened to go beyond sanctions by bringing “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” although his administration has repeatedly said it prefers a diplomatic solution to the crisis.

After today's comments, the big question on everyone's mind is - what is "phase 2"?

 

 

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JethroBodien BurningFuld Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:53 Permalink

Should anyone be surprised when he surrounds himself with the military industrial complex in the White House.

9/11 should be a litmus test.  The fact that nothing has been done about the inside job tells me the shadow government that perpetrated the event is still in control.  Stop being naïve everyone.  The swamp is not going to be drained.  What is going on with FBI is kabuki theatre and no one is going to jail including Hillary and Bill.

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uhland62 NotApplicable Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:59 Permalink

Sanctions are designed to create hardship and misery for the people in the hope that they'd topple their leaders/system. Example: 500,000 dead Iraqi children were worth it (due to sanctions) - Madeleine Albright, see it on y-tube. But the people did not bend to topple Saddam; the US and others had to destroy Iraq to be able to kill Saddam. 

Big fat lie: "The U.S. Treasury said the sanctions were designed to disrupt North Korean shipping and trading companies and vessels and further isolate Pyongyang,..."

Sanctions are designed to create misery and hardships for people who refuse to obey.  

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silverer NotApplicable Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:54 Permalink

Sanctions have the funny effect of hardening a country's resolve, making them more self-sufficient, independent, and focused. The year Obama told everyone to dump Russian equities because of US sanctions (figuring it would tank the Russian markets), the MICEX returned 40% that year. That was the best performing stock market in the world. The US is creating fucking Spartans out there.

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The Ram ne-tiger Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:31 Permalink

Yes, unfortunate for anyone without access to a good bunker....a real bunker like Congress has in WVA, not a shipping container buried in your back yard.  So, now we wait for the Chinese to tap Don on the shoulder and say, "not in my back yard!"  It is going to be bad for America....that much I agree with with Don.  A really stupid move if he makes it.

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mkkby The Ram Sat, 02/24/2018 - 17:20 Permalink

I'm all for smacking china's rabid dog with a rolled up newspaper full of tomahawks.  Any decent chess player can see how this will be EASILY WON.

By day one all those pesky WWI vintage artillery pieces will be knocked out.  They cannot be accurately aimed, which means most will fall harmlessly around Seoul.  Like Saddam's worthless scuds.  On the other hand, today's modern artillery can compute back from incoming shells and knock out a gun that only shoots once.  Threat eliminated.

Just like those *scary* revolutionary guards, NK solder's will mass surrender.  I think at the first sign of shooting Kim's generals will probably hang him.

Better now than when they have nukes and the missiles to use them.  Tick tock little Kim.

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uhland62 crossroaddemon Fri, 02/23/2018 - 19:08 Permalink

I actually thought, too, that Trump would be less trigger happy than Hillary. But once they're in the WH ..... the underbelly which we do not see takes over.

It looked very much like Trump would not waste his time so much with foreign policies, or waste taxpayers' money on foreign adventures, but he would instead spend time and money on jobs, infrastructure etc. It was all a fata morgana - not even a new software for train services to reduce crashes could be funded. 

As an Australian I feel ashamed that we are being treated like cash cows and lackeys. The other side in the two party system is not any better. Foreign policy issues did not rate a mention in the election campaigns, so they can do with us what they like. 

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east of eden serotonindumptruck Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:00 Permalink

And that is the problem. If he crosses the line, then the Chinese and Russian's would be crazy not to unload everything they have for the simple reason that they could very likely be next. Even a conventional attack on NK will call for intervention in order that the Chinese southern border and Russian naval installation in Vladivostok remain secure.

I don't see any upside for the US doing this. I do see a lot of downside for all us if they do.

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khnum Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:06 Permalink

Dont think for a moment the people this guy takes his orders from are any less psychotic than the Florida shooter just that they have trillions of dollars and freestanding armies.

Racer Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:06 Permalink

"the US will go to "Phase 2" if those sanctions do not have the desired effects of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula. "

Says the US bullying country that has masses of the deadly weapons themselves! Stop dictating to the world and keep within your own borders for a change!

Not Too Important Racer Fri, 02/23/2018 - 18:32 Permalink

The only thing that matters is China's reaction. North Korea can destroy all of South Korea's and Japan's nuclear power plants, sending all that radiation across the Pacific Ocean and blanket North America. The Chinese can certainly get their nuclear weapons to the mainland here.

Russia might have something to say about it all...

The psychos are running the nuclear asylum.

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Parrotile bunkers Fri, 02/23/2018 - 20:11 Permalink

As long as "US Interests " are not harmed, the US could care less about the effects of sanctions imposed for purely punitive reasons - "our way is the ONLY way" mindset.

 

Act of War? not per the US. Now , if you want a REAL "Act of War" - those 13 "Russian Meddlers" seem to fit that bill most nicely - 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-20/pat-buchanan-asks-russian-tro…

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