Once again he committed an unprecedented move. US President Donald Trump, despite having developed “very special bond” with North Korean leader historic summit on June 12 in Singapore, has now, within ten days, declared North Korea an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US National security as he acted to maintain harsh economic sanctions, including the freezing of any assets, against the that country.
According to Washington Post, the official declaration, contained in a notice to Congress, came despite Trump’s assertion this month that his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended the North’s nuclear weapons threat. He advised Americans to “sleep well tonight” on June 13, the day after Trump met Kim in Singapore.
Before taking office people were assuming that we were going to War with North Korea. President Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer - sleep well tonight!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
The report said that harsh economic restrictions will continue for one year under the order Trump signed on Friday. The restrictions were first imposed a decade ago by President George W. Bush. The ban on the transfer of any U.S. assets by North Korea’s leaders or its ruling party has been extended or expanded several times by both President Barack Obama and Trump in response to North Korean missile tests and other actions.
The statement issued by President Donald Trump on Friday said, “The existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula [and] the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea . . . continue to constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”
Immediately after the June 12 summit in Singapore, President Trump’s confident, optimistic language marked a complete reversal from describing Kim as “Little Rocket Man” and his threats to deliver “fire and fury” to North Korea if necessary. World leaders were alarmed and feared a new nuclear arms race between the two countries.