Trump says U.S. to target firms doing business with N. Korea

Trump says U.S. to target firms doing business with N. Korea

Trump says U.S. to target firms doing business with N. Korea

"We hope this aid will help improve humanitarian situation among those in need in North Korea by vaccinating children and treating them for malnutrition and improving the nutrition of pregnant women", the ministry said.

Yet it is still South Korea, and its capital Seoul close to the heavily militarised frontier with the North, that faces the greatest immediate risk in a military conflict.

On Tuesday, Trump threatened to "totally destroy North Korea" if the United States is forced to defend itself or its allies against Pyongyang.

The president was meeting with and having lunch Thursday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, seeking to show a common front in facing the North Korean threat despite marked differences in outlook.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will hold a news briefing at 3 pm in which he is expected to discuss the Trump administration's sanctions announcement.

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"We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea", Trump said in response to a question at a meeting with Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.

He also praised actions taken Thursday by Chinese President Xi Jinping to tamp down on financial relations with North Korea through its central bank.

It adds to USA -led worldwide pressure against Kim Jong Un's expanded missile and nuclear testing program that has stoked fears of nuclear war and dominated the president's debut at this week's U.N. General Assembly.

It added: "The South Korean ruling forces are justifying their acts of submitting toward the USA, talking about "inevitable option" to cope with nuclear threat from the North".

It also targets vessels that have been in a ship-to-ship transfer with a vessel that has visited North Korea within 180 days.

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"Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea's efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind", Trump said.

President Donald Trump announced a new set of sanctions on North Korea Thursday, saying the executive action would target individuals and companies that engage in finance and trade with the isolated communist nation.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump hold a bilateral summit on the sidelines of the U.S. General Assembly in NY on September 21, 2017.

The council last week adopted new punitive measures, slapping an export ban on textiles, ending work permits for North Korean guest workers and capping oil shipments.

North Korea's delegation left the hall in NY ahead of Trump's speech, but the country's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, compared Trump's remarks to the sound of a dog barking in televized remarks to the press in NY. Prodded by Washington, the United Nations has responded with the toughest economic sanctions on North Korea yet.

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