President Trump has announced far-reaching sanctions against North Korea that exceed anything previously enacted by his administration to date. The sanctions, which are a direct response to NK’s indignant refusal to back down on nuclear weapons, will cut off even more revenue and fuel sources. Cutbacks to imports are expected to have a devastating impact on Kim Jong-un’s 3-million member military and nuclear weapons testing.
• Trump revealed the sanctions at a press conference, referring to the country as “the North Korean regime” that needs to be stopped. This polar-opposite approach is markedly different than the improvement in relations noticed over the days and weeks before the Winter Olympics.
• North Korea claims to be working on a nuclear-tipped weapon capable of reaching U.S. soil. Although weapons tests have failed thus far, there is a chance such an attack could succeed.
• Stopping the reclusive country’s testing is paramount to the safety of South Korea, China, and even America. More testing allows NK to hone their weaponry, increasing the chance of a successful attack.
• Trump’s sanctions will affect not only North Korea, but also vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses that cooperate with the tiny isolated country. This could potentially include identified Russian companies long suspected of supplying Pyongyang with supplies.
• Some South Korean military leaders have expressed concern over Trump’s renewed severe approach. NK’s participation in the Winter Olympics marked a distinct improvement in relations between the two halves of what was once just “Korea.”
• Trump’s sanctions mark yet another advancement in hostile relations between America and NK. The U.S. Military has been present in South Korea for months running air, land, and sea exercises to practice for a potential attack. Most recently, soldiers came together with Japanese and South Korean forces to practice fighting in Korea’s underground tunnels.