The US President Donald Trump has lifted the sanctions against the DPRK announced by the US Treasury on March 21. “Today, the US Treasury announced that an additional large-scale sanctions will be added to existing sanctions on North Korea. Today I ordered to withdraw these additional sanctions!”- wrote the American leader on Twitter.
Trump referred in his Twitter to some sanctions to be imposed on Friday, March 22, but the US Treasury did not make such announcements today. The last announcement of the Ministry of Finance on North Korean sanctions was on Thursday. Representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the White House could not quickly clarify which sanctions were withdrawn by the President.
On March 21, the US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies for helping North Korea evade sanctions. In addition, the Treasury, along with the state Department and the US Coast service, updated the North Korea Maritime Bulletin, adding information about the deceptive practices of North Korean sea carriers and a list of several dozen ships that could export coal from the DPRK.
Explaining the unexpected move of the President, his press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that “President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he does not believe that these sanctions are necessary.”
“This is definitely the first time in history that the US President unilaterally lifted sanctions imposed by his own administration,” wrote on Twitter partner specializing in sanctions Washington law firm Jacobson Burton Kelly Doug Jacobson.