On Friday, President Trump spoke at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where he covered a number of topics, including North Korea.
The President announced a new round of sanctions against North Korea, with the specific intent of hindering the nation’s transport of coal and other fuel, and further stifling its nuclear weapons programs.
Although the hermit nation has temporarily de-escalated tensions with the United States during the duration of the 2018 Winter Olympics, which are being held in South Korea, its behavior over the past year has caused international turmoil.
“We imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before,” said President Trump, adding, “Hopefully, something positive can happen.”
The latest sanctions apply to 28 ships and shipping companies, which North Korea uses to evade international sanctions and restrictions on the import and export of fuel, and will further cripple the Kim dynasty’s hold over its people.
In a statement, Treasury Secretary Seven Mnuchin said “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.”