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Trump executive order targets any firm backing trade with North Korea

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President says China’s central bank has halted business with North Korea, though China has not confirmed financial embargo
Donald Trump has issued a new executive order by which the US will target any company or institution financing trade with North Korea and claimed that China’s banking system had also shut down business with the country.
Reuters news agency reported earlier in the day that China’s central bank had ordered financial institutions to implement UN sanctions rigorously after frequent complaints from Washington that Beijing was leaving open too many loopholes.
Trump thanked China’s President Xi Jinping and said the move was “very bold” and “somewhat unexpected”.
There was no immediate confirmation from the Chinese government that it had imposed a financial embargo on North Korea. If confirmed, it would represent a significant tightening of the economic noose around the Pyongyang regime, by a country which accounts for 90% of its trade.
But it is unclear whether any amount of financial or economic pain would induce Kim Jong-un to relinquish its nuclear weapons and missiles, which he believes are essential for the regime’s survival.
Trump announced the new executive order during a working lunch with his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, and Shinzō Abe, the Japanese prime minister.
“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. “The order enhances the treasury department’s authorities to target any individual or entity that conducts significant trade in goods, services, or technology with North Korea.”
The president said that US sanctions had been extended to new industries such as textiles, fisheries, computing and other manufacturing.

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