In its bid to prevent North Korea from further developing its nuclear arsenal, the United States has slammed Pyongyang with its ‘heaviest ever’ sanction according to President Donald Trump.
A statement by the US treasury department on Friday revealed that the sanctions were measures – aimed at disrupting North Korean shipping companies, vessels and heighten pressure on its leader Kim Jong-un.
“This will significantly hinder the Kim regime’s capacity to conduct evasive maritime activities that facilitate illicit coal and fuel transports, and erode its abilities to ship goods through international waters,” Steven Mnuchin, treasury secretary, said.
“The president has made it clear to companies worldwide that if they choose to help fund North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, they will not do business with the United States.”
The announcement comes two months after the UN Security Council said it was imposing its toughest sanctions yet on North Korea.