Trump says he’s ordering the withdrawal of earlier North Korea-related sanctions

Since last month's failed summit in Vietnam between the USA and North Korean leaders, Pyongyang has warned that it could resume missile and nuclear testing. Her warning followed a U.S.

The pullout follows a failed summit between the USA and North Korean leaders in Hanoi last month.

"We firmly oppose any country imposing unilateral sanctions and taking long-arm jurisdiction against any Chinese entity according to their own domestic laws", said foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang.

The ministry said the North had notified the South during a liaison officers' meeting earlier in the day that it would pull out of the office in accordance with a directive from above and later put the decision into action.

It combined South Korean capital and technology with cheap North Korean labor.

Given that US President Donald Trump has repeatedly lauded North Korea's ongoing missile and nuclear test moratorium, Go suggested that the Pyongyang regime was loath to fire off a missile, which could cross a significant red line for the mercurial US president, with whom North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have a mutually respectful relationship.

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Dalian Haibo International Freight Company Ltd. and Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Company Ltd. for doing business with banned North Korean companies and employing "deceptive practices" that allowed Pyongyang to purchase goods in defiance of sanctions. "It's hard to rule out the possibility that the North will soon announce a hard-line statement regarding the denuclearization negotiations", Cheong said.

North Korea abruptly withdrew from the inter-Korea liaison office in Kaesong on Friday. "North Korea can influence the U.S. by either doing nothing - or by launching a missile". The Koreas previously used telephone and fax-like communication channels that were often shut down in times of high tension.

The town is where the Korea's now-stalled jointly run factory complex was located.

The latest sanctions showed there was some "leakage" in North Korea sanctions enforcement by China, but it was mostly abiding by United Nations resolutions, a senior USA official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

Chun said a number of North Korean officials left the liaison office carrying documents, but most of the equipment was left behind.

It was the first such step since a second meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi broke down over conflicting demands by the North for relief from sanctions and from the United States for Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

"We don't think this could be called a violation of an agreement", Chun said.

  • Jon Douglas