Trump cancels new North Korea sanctions

President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said he was ordering the withdrawal of recently announced North Korea-related sanctions imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department.

The White House did not immediately respond to questions about which sanctions Mr Trump was referring to.

The Treasury Department had slapped sanctions against two China-based shipping companies that were alleged to aid North Korea in circumventing USA and worldwide sanctions.

She noted that Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump "likes" North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un - a brutal authoritarian - and doesn't think these sanctions are necessary.

The two Chinese companies were accused of helping North Korea duck sanctions now in place.

In a tweet following the original sanctions announcement, President Trump's national security adviser John Bolton highlighted the move as an "important" step and warned other countries against similar actions to aid North Korea. Trump wrote, capitalizing the "Sanctions".

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This was Trump's second major, unexpected foreign policy announcement by Twitter in 2 days. "Gross incompetence and disarray in the White House make it even worse", said Adam Schiff, chairman of the House intelligence committee.

During a recent background briefing on North Korea, a senior administration official stressed that the maritime industry had to do "more" to stop North Korea's illicit shipping practices or risk further sanctions-based consequences by the United States. Ltd. on Thursday for using what it described as "deceptive methods" to circumvent both U.S and worldwide sanctions on North Korea.

"Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea's sanctions evasion", he said.

President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Feb. 27, 2019, in Hanoi.

While declining to say whether Washington was trying to send a post-summit message to Pyongyang with the sanctions, the official said Trump had "made clear that the door is wide open to continuing the dialogue with North Korea".

Thursday's punitive action is the first taken against Pyongyang since nuclear negotiations with the U.S.in Hanoi last month ended without agreement. He did not provide more details on which sanctions he was referring to, though it is widely reported to be linked to the Treasury's announcement on Thursday.

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