Sanctions already have “great impact” on North Korea, says Trump

Ⓒ KCNA VIA KNS/AFP – -, Saul Loeb – | Kim Jong-Un (left), in an image taken and published by the North Korean agency KCNA on Monday, January 1 of his New Year’s speech. Donald Trump (right), during a meeting at the White House on December 20, 2017, in Washington

The additional sanctions and pressures have begun to have a “great impact” on North Korea, to the point that his government seems to open up to a dialogue with South Korea, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday.

“The soldiers are fleeing dangerously towards South Korea, the ‘Rocket Man’ (the North Korean leader Kim Jong un) now wants to talk to South Korea for the first time, it may be good news, or maybe not. “, said the president in the social network Twitter.

In his message, the president said that “the sanctions and the ‘other’ pressures have begun to have a great impact on North Korea.”

The North Korean government surprised during its message of end of the year when announcing that the country would send a team to the Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, in South Korea, in a gesture that was interpreted as a outstretched hand.

In response, the South Korean government immediately announced that it was willing to hold high-level talks “at any time, anywhere and in any way.”

At the request of the US, the UN Security Council approved before Christmas a broad package of sanctions against North Korea, which even received a favorable vote from China, a political ally of the Pyongyang government.

Those sanctions were designed to block North Korea’s access to petroleum fuels, which are vital to its ballistic missile program.

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