Pence promised that the US will keep a “firm stance against” North Korea.
President Donald Trump spoke for almost 90 minutes at CPAC today, touching on topics such as North Korea sanctions and school shootings.
From ABC News:
“The Treasury Department will soon be taking new action to further cut off sources of revenue and fuel that the regime uses to fund its nuclear program and sustain its military by targeting 56 vessels, shipping companies, and trade businesses that are assisting North Korea in evading sanctions,” Trump was intended to say, according to the released remarks.
He did say, however, “I do want to say it, because people have asked, North Korea, we imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before. Frankly, hopefully, something positive can happen. We will see. Hopefully, something positive can happen.”
Fox News reported that these new “sanctions specifically target one individual, 27 entities, and 28 vessels.” The network continued:
“Treasury is aggressively targeting all illicit avenues used by North Korea to evade sanctions, including taking decisive action to block the vessels, shipping companies, and entities across the globe that work on North Korea’s behalf,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
In a conference call with reporters shortly before the Trump speech, the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control detailed the sanctions – which are aimed at, among other things, hindering the regime’s ability to transport coal and fuel in international waters. Officials said the sanctions are meant to further isolate the regime and advance a U.S.-led pressure campaign.
“We are aggressively targeting their abilities,” a senior administration official said on the call.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke yesterday at CPAC where he made it known that the US will keep a “firm stance against” the regime. From Fox News:
“I say the United States of America doesn’t stand with murderous dictatorships, we stand up to murderous dictatorships, and we will keep standing strong until North Korea stops threatening our country, our allies or until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missiles once and for all,” Pence said.
The vice president also slammed the media for its at-times positive coverage of the North Korean dictator’s sister, Kim Yo Jong.
“For all the media fawning over the sister of the North Korean dictator, I think it’s important that every American knows who this person is and what she’s done,” Pence said Thursday. “The sister of Kim Jong Un is a central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet, an evil family clique that brutalizes, subjugates, starves and imprisons its 25 million people.”
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