Today, President Trump met with South Korea’s President, Moon Jae-in and announced new sanctions on North Korea. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) recently set sanctions of their own on North Korea, but that didn’t stop them from firing a missile over northern Japan, causing mass panic.
President Trump decided Kim Jong-un, who he has dubbed “Rocket Man”, needed further sanctions to convince him to shut down their nuclear weapons program. Because North Korea has consistently rebuked sanctions and warnings, Trump feels it’s necessary to become increasingly bombastic to match the rhetoric of their leader, Kim Jong-un.
A part of Trump’s plan is to limit funding for their weapons and artillery program. Trump made the decision yesterday after meeting separately with Shinzo Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan.
Trump, Moon and Shinzo Abe agree they don’t want the North Korean government to collapse, nor do they want both North and South Korea to reunify. He urges them to stop threatening other countries and to give up their nuclear weapons program. Trump has stated “the U.S. has great strength and patience, but would totally destroy North Korea if they harm the U.S. or its allies.”
The North Korean government has repeatedly said they would never give up their nuclear weapons program, because they view it as being vital to their national security. This has set up a standoff between the United States and North Korea with two very outspoken leaders.