The Brenham Banner: McCaul praises N. Korea sanctions
The United States has ratcheted up pressure on North Korea, a move praised by U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas).
The Trump administration on Friday slapped sanctions on scores of companies and ships accused of illicit trading with North Korea.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. has now blacklisted virtually all ships being used by the North.
The administration billed it as the largest installment of North Korean economic restrictions to date as it intensifies its campaign of “maximum pressure” to get the North to give up its nuclear weapons. President Donald Trump went further, declaring in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that it was “the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before.”
McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Friday that “despite their ongoing propaganda charade at the Winter Olympics, North Korea has no interest in ending its destabilizing behavior and abuse of its citizens.”
“Today, the Treasury Department announced the largest sanctions yet against Pyongyang for their illicit nuclear program and dangerous ballistic missile advancements,” he said. “These sanctions will expose and degrade vital sources of funding by targeting fuel exports, vessels, shipping companies, and other entities that allow them to evade current sanctions and fund their rogue activities.
“I hope President Trump will continue to increase pressure and use all options available to end North Korean nuclear adventurism and threats against the United States and our allies.”