US Imposes More Sanctions On North Korea Despite Diplomatic "Breakthrough"

Barely 12 hours after a "breakthrough" report that North Korean leaders might be willing to shut down their nuclear program and surrender their existing nukes in exchange for assurances that the regime's safety would be guaranteed, the State Department announced that it would impose yet another round of economic sanctions on the North - its second batch of sanctions within the span of two weeks, per Reuters.

 

 

The sanctions are being levied because the US has obtained solid evidence that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the assassination of his older half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, who was murdered in 2017 at an airport in Kuala Lampur when two young female assassins exposed him to a nerve agent, the US has determined.

 

 

 

State Department spokesperson Healther Nauert made the announcement in a press release.

"The United States determined under the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of North Korea used the chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate Kim Jong Nam, in the Kuala Lumpur airport," Nauert said on Tuesday. These sanctions are in addition to the existing sanctions against targeting unlawful North Korean activities. The sanctions took effect upon this determination in the federal register on March 5, 2018. The United State sstrongly condemns the use of chemical weapons in carrying out assassinations. This public display of contempt against universal norms of chemical weapons use further demonstrates the reckless nature of North Korea and underscores that we cannot tolerate a North Korean WMD program."

Pyongyang has repeatedly denied allegations that it was involved in the murder. Two of the assassins were caught by Malaysian police and convicted. When asked about the reports of a possible breakthrough in US-North Korea relations, President Trump sounded noncommital, repeatedly responding '"we'll see what happens."

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence released a statement saying the US wouldn't back down from its demands that the Korean peninsula be denuclearized.

Whichever direction talks with North Korea go, we will be firm in our resolve. The United States and our allies remain committed to applying maximum pressure on the Kim regime to end their nuclear program. All options are on the table and our posture toward the regime will not change until we see credible, verifiable, and concrete steps toward denuclearization.

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Comments

beemasters Bill of Rights Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:59 Permalink

"U.S. State Department says U.S. has determined that North Korean government used chemical warfare agent VX to assassinate half-brother of Kim Jong Un in Malaysia in 2017"

Of course the CIA wouldn't be caught dead using the same assassination method or the U.S. would have no choice but to impose sanction on itself.
/sarc

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popeye SoilMyselfRotten Wed, 03/07/2018 - 02:29 Permalink

Don't want a deal, don't want peace or reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula.

DO want to retain a pretext for posting a large military force + weapons + sensors as close as possible to east China. Great for false flags, espionage, propaganda, and close proximity first strike.

I wonder though - how long before the South Koreans start to question which path provides the best cost:benefit outcome for THEM?

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mailll Bill of Rights Wed, 03/07/2018 - 00:24 Permalink

Trump doesn't want peace, he wants to launch those beautiful cruise missiles on a bunch of impoverished North Koreans, men, woman, children, doesn't matter.  It's just a shithole country and we can do whatever the hell we want. He is going to start a world war, or be removed from office for trying.  

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mailll ted41776 Wed, 03/07/2018 - 00:27 Permalink

Give me a minute, I'm thinking.  Who has the most to gain..........................................................................

............................................................................................................................................................

........................................................................................................I can honestly say, I don't know.

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Son of Captain Nemo Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:48 Permalink

But of course China refusing to "endorse" through threats of war a much needed loan of $5 trillion without interest to "round eye"!

Meet "Exhibit A" (https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-05/bitcoin-miners-migrate-china-…) Satoshi Nakamoto's "hoover upright" collecting THE ONLY MONEY THAT matters from better than 1 billion individuals in that economy that got thrown back to North America!...

"Rinse and Repeat" for the gold backed blockchain (https://www.rt.com/business/416838-gold-kilobars-standard-coming/) that CAN NEVER BE in the U.S. Britain and EU with the lack of physical PM and oil and gas Uncle Shlomo no longer posesses at a plentiful and cheap price to extract!...

Time to start a NUCLEAR WAR as the "LAST OPTION" I guess when you have no solvency left, only massive debts???...

Son of Captain Nemo Diatom Tue, 03/06/2018 - 22:55 Permalink

Because like all grossly incompetent, thoroughly delusional and corrupt "regime's" (which indeed it is)... It needs the assistance of willing "citizen/slaves" to make sacrifices OF THEMSELVES in order to eliminate the "cancer" in the body politic that allowed itself to be controlled by a handful of Corporations!...

Unless or until a "Bastille Day" is yearned for by the plebs who are being set up for slaughter, with Washington D.C. being eliminated in it's entirety in order to start over... THE WORST WILL HAPPEN and "HAS BEEN" HAPPENING since the Gulf War and 9/11!!!

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pazmaker Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:50 Permalink

So this was USA ace in the hole just in case NK got serious about peace.

 

Nope we can’t have peace let’s present the evidence we knew since it happened

alter_ Tue, 03/06/2018 - 19:54 Permalink

North Korea has played this game before, they offer to stop their nuke program if we get rid of sanctions, . It's always been a lie and they've always cheated. It's time to start treating them like the evil bastards they truly are.

angle-asshole … alter_ Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:36 Permalink

I don't know about the killing of KJU's brother. I know the US killed 25% of Korea's population, split the country in two, has been sabotaging the reunification and imposing sanctions ever since while making you strip naked at every airport in the name of liberty and democracy.

NK never did shit to me. Know your fucking enemy, you cretin.

 

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Dilluminati Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:09 Permalink

Yawn... wtf this horseshit narrative of NK wanting peace didn't last 24 hours

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/03/06/softer-gentler-no…

While CNN tried to spin yet another fake news cycle

In articles published Monday and Tuesday, the North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun called U.S. President Donald Trump’s sanctions on the communist regime “despicable” and “gangster-like” while predicting that America itself “cannot escape doom.”

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/03/06/softer-gentler-no…

Yawnnn didn't last 24 hours

Brazen Heist Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:22 Permalink

The US seeking peace on the Korean peninsula is bullshit. Kim would be stupid to trust the US regime. Peace is unprofitable for the empire's racket. Peace might be possible only when the cretins running the evil empire pack up their gungho cowboy asses and leave.

are we there yet Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

A lot of bad choices with N. Korea. Plus, NK has boxed itself into a corner and has no way to save face. What ever happens, north Koreas word or promises are worthless from past agreements of its history.

Brazen Heist Winston Churchill Tue, 03/06/2018 - 20:32 Permalink

The cold war jackoffs are obsessed with NK because its still a Stalinist State and hasn't collapsed yet, much to their chagrin.

I'm telling you, some grade-A children are running the empire. All they want is to "win" all the time and beat their chests with machado. When life inevitably hands them a loss because they pursue unilateralism (begetting lots of bad outcomes in game theory), they don't even want to hear about it. If Uncle Sam was a person he would be one spoilt little cupcake in need of a KO to the face.

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monk27 Brazen Heist Tue, 03/06/2018 - 22:23 Permalink

Not really. They think it would be an easy win. My bet is, they'll be sorely disappointed. China will openly support Little Kim (especially now, after we declared economic warfare to them) while Russia will do it covertly. Trump "the peacenik" turned out to be just another moron and a liar (remember what he said during campaign about doing less war, not more ?). He'll end up having his ass handed to him. The only question is, how badly are we going to get it ?

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