Trump Downplays New UN Resolution on N. Korea

Write : 2017-09-13 08:46:54 Update : 2017-09-13 10:22:39

Trump Downplays New UN Resolution on N. Korea

Anchor: U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed discontent with the UN Security Council's new resolution against North Korea, downplaying it as "another very small step." The U.S. is now moving to impose its own tougher sanctions, targeting China.
Alannah Hill has more.
Report: U.S. President Donald Trump showed a lukewarm response on Tuesday to the UN Security Council's watered-down sanctions against North Korea over its latest nuclear test.
[Sound bite: U.S. President Donald Trump]
"We had a vote yesterday on sanctions. We think it's just another very small step, not a big deal. Rex and I were just discussing, not big," 
Trump also expressed doubt about the effectiveness of the new resolution, as key sanctions such as a complete oil embargo were removed due to opposition by Russia and China.
[Sound bite: U.S. President Donald Trump]
"I don't know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15 to nothing vote. But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen."
Trump made the remark speaking to reporters at the start of talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak while noting that Malaysia has stopped doing business with North Korea, something the administration finds to be "very important."
Both the White House and State Department interpreted the remarks as a call for more action.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said during a press briefing that the U.S. is going to continue taking small steps, but that those very parties that voted to pass the resolution all have to do more.
Meanwhile, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin threatened to impose additional sanctions on China if it fails to implement the new UN sanctions.
At a conference in New York on Tuesday, he said Washington could prevent China from accessing the U.S. international dollar system.
Appearing at a congressional hearing on Tuesday, Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary for the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence under the Treasury Department, said that China and Russia are still purchasing North Korean coal products in violation of UN sanctions.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has already sent the U.S. government a list of Chinese organizations and major banks potentially subject to new U.S. sanctions.
The Trump administration pushed for a complete oil embargo, and an asset freeze and travel ban for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after the regime conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September third.
But on Monday, the UN Security Council adopted a weakened version of the U.S. proposals with caps on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on textile exports.
Alannah Hill, KBS World Radio News. 

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