Since the November election, President Donald Trump has made it clear what his stance is on North Korea: If Kim Jong Un continues to pursue a nuclear program, the country will face military action from the U.S.
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In several bombastic statements, Trump threatened the Hermit Kingdom with âfire and furyâ and has pressured China, Northâs Koreaâs largest trading partner, to sever ties with the increasingly aggressive nation.
That ultimatum -- work with either the United States or North Korea -- is beginning to take effect, Trumpâs counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Thursday.
âYou canât do both,â she told FOX Businessâ Lou Dobbs on âLou Dobbs Tonight.â âThese economic sanctions are severe, and military options are still on the table. But really deepening the economic sanctions. I think China blinked today.â
On Monday, Chinese banks received news to halt financial services and loans to new and existing North Korean customers, a direct result of U.N. sanctions passed earlier this month.
And on Thursday, just a few days after Trumpâs incendiary speech at the U.N. in which he threatened to âdestroyâ North Korea and belittled its leader as ârocket man,â he ordered new sanctions that further restricted Pyongyangâs nuclear program by blacklisting companies and entities still doing business with the North.
âItâs been a consequential week for our president,â Conway said. â[Heâs] really taking aim at our nationâs sovereignty, saying âAmerica firstâ will always be his guiding principle.â