President Trump told reporters at the United Nations that the United States is poised to impose even harsher sanctions against the North Korean regime; raising the stakes in an effort to curtail Kim Jong Un’s rapidly advancing nuclear and missile programs, reports CNBC.
The President was speaking with journalists when he made the impromptu announcement, saying “We will be putting more sanctions on North Korea” following a meeting with the President of Afghanistan.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster echoed Trump’s comments, saying the US would make an “important announcement” in the coming days after the President meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
McMaster called the new measures “short of war” between the US and North Korea.
President Trump made headlines during his UN debut earlier this week when he called-out Kim Jong Un over his weapons programs, saying the US was prepared to “totally destroy” North Korea should it threaten America or its allies.
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump told the UN. “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”