'We Will Be Putting More Sanctions on North Korea'

Pauline Gross
September 22, 2017

Moon, a former human rights activist whom Trump has accused of appeasement towards North Korea, said: "We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means".

"We call on all countries around the world to join us by cutting off all trade and financial ties with North Korea in order to achieve a de-nuclearized Korean peninsula", Mnuchin said.

Mr. Trump will first meet Mr. Moon, then have lunch with Mr. Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, then meet separately with Mr. Abe.

His emphasis on economic efforts to end the standoff was a sign the President has not exhausted diplomacy in his dealings with North Korea, despite his warnings earlier in the week of dire military consequences should the nuclear provocations continue.

President Donald Trump speaks at a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, on September 21, 2017, in NY.

She also defended Trump's fiery address during which he threatened to "totally destroy" North Korea.

"What is needed to do is not dialogue, but pressure", said Abe, who devoted his entire speech to North Korea.

Abe demanded the strict implementation of United Nations sanctions on Kim Jong-Un's regime, the latest round of which includes a ban on the country's textile exports and a freeze on work permits to North Korean guest workers.

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China is North Korea's number one trading partner, but the USA has often been hesitant to crack down on Chinese banks.

He voiced alarm at North Korea's military progress, which he said had brought the regime to the threshold of mastering hydrogen bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles, which would be able to strike the United States.

China and Russian Federation have called for talks with North Korea, while backing progressively stronger United Nations sanctions.

Merkel has called for a diplomatic solution to curb North Korea's armament programme, with the 2015 Iran deal as a possible template.

North Korea funds its evil nuclear programme via dealings with foreign companies and individuals and the U.S. today announced it was cracking down on such arrangements. Realmeter, a South Korean polling organization, said on Thursday Moon's approval rating stood at 65.7 percent, weakening for a fourth straight month. The order gives the US treasury department discretion to sanction foreign banks that conduct transactions involving North Korea.

Donald Trump has stepped up his campaign against North Korea. The last time the South had sent aid to the North was in December 2015 through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) under former President Park Geun-hye. "We can not have this as a world body any longer".

The issue "also concerns us", she said.

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