Vice President Mike Pence is set to unveil the Trump administration’s newest sanctions against North Korea as he travels to the region ahead of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, saying the crippling resolutions were the “toughest and most aggressive” policies ever levied against Kim Jong Un.
Pence announced the revised guidelines earlier Wednesday while speaking alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, adding the US and its allies were prepared to ratchet up the pressure against the Hermit Kingdom until Kim’s regime completely “abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”
“The United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever — and we will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all,” Pence said.
Traveling alongside Pence is the father of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year old college student who died after being “severely tortured” by Kim’s communist regime.
While the specifics of the sanctions remain unclear, US officials said the new policies will be unveiled before the conclusion of the Olympic Games.
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BEIJING BETRAYAL: China CAUGHT SNEAKING Oil Supplies to North Korea
South Korean authorities announced Friday it had detained a Chinese-based ship and its staff over reports the tanker was sneaking oil supplies to Kim’s regime; a violation of recent UN sanctions that barred such shipments to the communist nation.
According to UPI, officials in Seoul confirmed they had seized the Lighthouse Winmore, a ship registered in Hong Kong that allegedly smuggled over 600 tons of refined oil into North Korea last November; well after the United Nations adopted Resolution 2375 which banned the hermit kingdom from importing fuel.
President Trump weighed-in on the revelation on social media, saying he was “very disappointed” that Beijing refused to comply with the UN mandate, adding that no “friendly solution” to the North Korean crisis would be possible “if this continues.”
“Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!” Trump tweeted.
Caught RED HANDED – very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
South Korea’s seizure of a Chinese ship escalates already heightened tensions in the region; with dictator Kim Jong Un vowing to continue to test his rapidly expanding nuclear and missile programs.
CAUGHT ON CAMERA: The Moment North Korean Defector DASHES Across DMZ
It’s not uncommon for North Korean defectors to find their way into South Korea, but nearly all cases involve routing through China before heading towards the staunch US ally.
Current estimates say only four people have successfully crossed the DMZ in several years.