Trump reverses new sanctions on Chinese firms aiding North Korea sanctions evasion

Trump reverses new sanctions on Chinese firms aiding North Korea sanctions evasion
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[Ed. – There’s more going on here than meets the eye.  Your ears are hearing “North Korea” on this, but the sanctions in question were to apply to two Chinese shipping firms, and what they were “about” was interdiction of at-sea and in-port transfers of (mainly) fossil fuel shipments to and from North Korea.  This isn’t straightforward, and can’t necessarily be parsed or explained in public commentary.  The headline writer at Washington Examiner appears to get that.]

President Trump said Friday afternoon that he “ordered the withdrawal” of some sanctions against North Korea, one day after his administration said it would penalize two Chinese shipping firms for violating existing trade prohibitions.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter, saying he was rolling back “additional” sanctions, though it appears he is instead nullifying enforcement of existing ones.

“It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” Trump wrote.

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