The United States has now unveiled new sanctions against 16 Chinese and Russian individuals and entities. The treasury department is coming up with new sanctions on the Chinese as a way to pressure North Korea into giving up their nuclear program.
The Treasury department claims they are cracking down on those who are aiding North Korea’s missile program and that includes Russia. Apparently desperate to start a war with the former Soviet Union, the United States is also sanctioning Russians.
The Treasury Department on Tuesday said it would target 10 entities and six individuals who help already sanctioned people who aid North Korea’s missile program or “deal in the North Korean energy trade.” The U.S. also aims to sanction people and groups that allow North Korean entities to access the U.S. financial system or helps its exportation of workers, according to the Treasury.
“Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region.” –CNBC
There was little information regarding the sanctioning of the Russian entities, but it appears that the US needs to create an enemy in order to garner support for more military spending. “It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region,” Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury secretary, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Although the rhetoric between the US and North Korea has cooled quite a bit, the US has made sure to keep sanctioning everyone they assure is helping the rogue regime. But, what’s odd about the new sanctions on the Russians and Chinese is that earlier this month, the United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to sanction North Korea. That measure got the support of both China and Russia.
So far, sanctions on North Korea have failed to stop their advancement of their missile program. And Russia has not responded aggressively to the United States’ provocation and sanctioning either. But for some reason, the US thinks it has a muscle to flex and does so in the form of ever increasing and never ending sanctions.
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