Published: Sun, February 25, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

China demands United States stops N. Korea sanctions

China demands United States stops N. Korea sanctions

Executive Order 13570, issued in 2011 by the previous administration, forbids all imports from North Korea.

The administration of US President Donald Trump and key Asian allies are preparing to expand interceptions of ships suspected of violating sanctions on North Korea, a plan that could include deploying US Coast Guard forces to stop and search vessels in Asia-Pacific waters, senior US officials said.

Munchen was flanked by satellite imagery from December 2017 of the illicit ship to ship transfers of fuel destined for North Korea in an attempt to evade prior sanctions.

The measures target 28 vessels and 27 trading and maritime transport companies linked to North Korea, China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Panama, the Marshall Islands, Tanzania, and Comoros, along with one Taiwanese individual, according to a list released by the U.S. Treasury Department. "If we can make a deal it'll be a great thing and if we can't, something will have to happen".

President Donald Trump has warned of a "phase two" in the United States approach to North Korea if new sanctions are unable to convince Pyongyang to give up its nuclear ambitions.

But her father has ratcheted up tensions during his presidency by engaging in a war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Ivanka Trump said the United States is committed to putting "maximum pressure" against the North Korean regime.

Ivanka Trump's visit coincides with that of a sanctioned North Korean official, Kim Yong Chol, blamed for the deadly 2010 sinking of a South Korean navy ship that killed 46 sailors.

Since Trump took office, USA officials have given mixed messages on the idea of talking with the North, at times suggesting Washington is open to talks without preconditions and at other moments insisting Pyongyang must first commit to giving up its nuclear program.

Illicit ship-to-ship transfers of oil and coal on the high seas have allowed North Korea to avoid the worst of the pressure from sanctions against its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The pressure has not stopped Pyongyang from conducting more nuclear and missile tests.

Trump told Reuters last month Russian Federation was helping Pyongyang evade worldwide sanctions, saying Moscow "is not helping us at all with North Korea".

The White House announced a brand new set of sanctions in its efforts to strip North Korea of its access to smuggling routes used by the regime to evade a United Nations embargo and fund its nuclear weapons programme.

According to Treasury, North Korea has been using a number of deceptive practices to evade global prohibitions on trade, including physically altering vessel identification, falsifying cargo and vessel documents, disabling and manipulation collision avoidance systems and orchestrating ship-to-ship transfers outside of ports.

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