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.
In several bombastic statements, Trump threatened the Hermit Kingdom with â€œfire and furyâ€ and has pressured China, Northâ€™s Koreaâ€™s 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, Trumpâ€™s counselor Kellyanne Conway said on Thursday.
â€œYou canâ€™t do both,â€ she told FOX Businessâ€™ Lou Dobbs on â€œLou Dobbs Tonight.â€ â€œThese 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 Trumpâ€™s incendiary speech at the U.N. in which he threatened to â€œdestroyâ€ North Korea and belittled its leader as â€œrocket man,â€ he ordered new sanctions that further restricted Pyongyangâ€™s nuclear program by blacklisting companies and entities still doing business with the North.
â€œItâ€™s been a consequential week for our president,â€ Conway said. â€œ[Heâ€™s] really taking aim at our nationâ€™s sovereignty, saying â€˜America firstâ€™ will always be his guiding principle.â€