President Donald Trump said Friday “we’ll have to see” what the United States will do if sanctions on North Korea fail to deter its nuclear as well as missile programs.
However, he cryptically warned of a potential “phase two,” which may prove “very, very unfortunate for the planet.” He did not give more details on what action he might take or when he might consider the sanctions failed.
“If the sanctions don’t work, we’ll have to go phase two. Phase two may be a very rough thing. the item may be very, very unfortunate for the planet. although hopefully the sanctions will work,” Trump said at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Earlier inside day, the Trump administration announced a sweeping sanctions package aimed at curbing the communist dictatorship’s weapons development. The measures target one individual, 27 entities as well as 28 vessels, located or registered in several locations: North Korea, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Panama as well as Comoros, the Treasury Department said.
The United States as well as its allies have tried to choke off financing for Pyongyang’s nuclear as well as missile programs. The strategy includes sanctioning entities in which the U.S. believes provide oil as well as additional financial assistance to North Korea.
Last year, North Korea carried out numerous missile launches as well as its sixth as well as most powerful nuclear test.
The Treasury Department called the sanctions package unveiled Friday the “largest North Korea-related sanctions tranche to date.” In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. is actually “taking decisive action to block the vessels, shipping companies, as well as entities across the globe in which work on North Korea’s behalf.”
While Trump’s advisors have said they do not want to take military action against the rogue regime, Trump has previously responded to North Korea’s provocations with explosive rhetoric. Last year, he said he might bring “fire as well as fury like the planet has never seen” on the country if the item threatened the United States.
Speaking with Trump on Friday, Turnbull said Australia is actually also committed to deterring North Korea’s weapons program through its own sanctions as well as by enforcing United Nations Security Council measures.