U.S. President Donald Trump said that the latest UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution adopted against North Korea on Monday was “not a big deal”, at a meeting with Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday.
Trump was speaking to reporters regarding the bilateral relationship with Malaysia and praised the country as he claimed it “does not do business with North Korea any longer” prior to commenting on UNSC resolution 2375.
“We had a vote yesterday on sanctions, we think it’s just another very small step, not a big deal,” Trump said, “those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen,” he added.
Trump also comment that he and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had discussed the resolution and don’t know if it will have “any impact” but that “it was nice to get a 15 to nothing vote”.
The UNSC unanimously adopted resolution 2375 on Monday, expanding sanctions and targeting North Korea’s textile industry, the operation of joint ventures with the DPRK, and including caps on the exportation of petroleum products to the country.
Striking a different tone to that of the President, the U.S. Mission to the UN on Monday said that the resolution “contains the strongest sanctions ever imposed on North Korea”.
“Combined with the previous Security Council resolutions, over 90% of North Korea’s publicly reported 2016 exports of $2.7bn are now banned (coal, textiles, iron, seafood), which does not include revenues from overseas workers,” the mission’s press release said.
Despite this, Trump’s comments conveyed little enthusiasm for the impact of the latest sanctions and while saying that they are “nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen”, the U.S. President provided no indication of what that would entail.
Trump’s public comments with regard to North Korea have remained forceful since tensions have risen between the U.S. and DPRK in recent months.
The President has said that the U.S. would respond to North Korean threats with “fire and fury” and has said that “all options are on the table” when it comes to handling the DPRK – hinting at the potential for military action against North Korea.
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