US President Donald Trump has ordered the withdrawal of the new round of North Korea-related sanctions that had been announced earlier by the US Treasury.
The move was announced by the US President through Twitter on Friday.
“It was announced today by the US 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, capitalizing the “Sanctions”.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not elaborate on exactly which sanctions Trump had in mind, yet provided the reasoning behind the move.
President Trump likes Chairman Kim [Jong Un] and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary.
On Thursday the US Treasury blacklisted two shipping companies, based in China, which have been accused of violating the US embargo against North Korea.
The companies have allegedly been engaging in “deceptive practices” to help Pyongyang procure some goods, yet the Treasury did not elaborate on what exactly these goods are.
While Trump’s decision might contribute a bit to easing tensions, it is not a meaningful step towards sustainable peace on the Korean Peninsula, Eric Sirotkin, co-founder of the Lawyers for Peace and Demilitarization in Korea, believes. “Sanctions are an obstacle to peace. You can pull back the sanctions on Monday and you can return the sanctions on Wednesday if you needed to” Sirotkin
The batch of sanctions imposed on Thursday had, apparently, triggered a reaction in North Korea, which walked out of a liaison office near the demilitarized zone that it has shared since last September with the South. Pyongyang did not made it clear that the move came in response to the US sanctions, while South Korea’s Unification Ministry simply said the officials from the North had followed “instructions from the superior authority.”