Retired four-star general Jack Keane on Friday said the United States will impose â€œa policy of maximum pressure on North Koreaâ€ to prevent any companies from doing business with the communist state.
â€œAny country that does business with North Korea, we are going to seek them to stop doing that,â€ Keane told FOX Businessâ€™ Trish Regan.
Although sanctions on North Korea has failed in the past, the retired general believes China provides upward of 80 to 90 percent of North Koreaâ€™s economy and trade.
â€œSanctions have never worked with North Korea,â€ Keane said. â€œBut we never tried it to the degree that we are going to try this time particularly with China who provides most of the trade and economic support.â€
Keane said the Trump administration believes China hasnâ€™t fully cooperated in easing tensions in the Korean peninsula.
â€œThe Trump administration is not going to escalate militarily,â€ Keane said. â€œWhat they are going to do is escalate with whatâ€™s called a policy of maximum pressure on North Korea.â€
According to Keane, the Trump administration will dramatically increase sanctions on China as needed.
â€œThereâ€™s never been sanctions on China like this before,â€ he said. They recognize that they are on a collision course with China if they are unwilling to assist the United States and the region with denuclearization.â€