Trump reverses first North Korea sanctions since failed summit after one day

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But he added, "I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!". His administration on Thursday sanctioned two Chinese shipping companies suspected of helping North Korea evade sanctions - the first targeted actions taken against Pyongyang since Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (gihm jung oon) met in Hanoi last month.

The Treasury Department said Thursday that the United States was slapping new sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies accused of aiding North Korea - and a day later, President Trump canceled them.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders did not elaborate on which sanctions were being referred to by the president.

The measures were part of a larger global effort to squeeze Pyongyang's economy and urge North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to unwind his nuclear weapon and missile program. -North Korea relations had begun to sour.

(Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday reversed North Korea sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department just a day earlier and the White House said he was doing so because he "likes" North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and did not consider them necessary.


Kim's government declared after a February nuclear summit that talks would discontinue with the US if Trump refused a demand for sanctions relief.

TIME exclusively reported Wednesday that Trump had sidelined his own lead negotiator, Stephen Biegun, and had brushed aside and intelligence assessment that North Korea would not give up its nuclear program. The announcement came shortly after Trump's failed denuclearization summit with Kim Jong Un in Vietnam.

Some of Trump's top aides, however, have been more skeptical, especially his national security adviser John Bolton, who has long preferred piling on additional sanctions to North Korea in an effort to bend the regime to Washington's will.

Trump has sought to project to Kim that while some in his administration are skeptical, he is the ultimate decider and strikes a friendler posture, officials said. No new action against North Korea was announced by the Treasury Department on Friday, though Trump this week did threaten that new ones could be added.

In a briefing on the sanctions with reporters Thursday, an administration official similarly touted the significance of the sanctions, characterizing the package as "unprecedented" and "comprehensive".

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