Trump to withdraw some N. Korea sanctions

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Published on March 22, 2019 - Duration: 01:03s

Trump to withdraw some N. Korea sanctions

North Korea on Friday pulled out of a liaison office with the South in a major setback for peace efforts.

The news coincided with the implementation and then sudden withdraw of some sanctions by the Trump administration.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Trump to withdraw some N. Korea sanctions

A day of diplomatic confusion.

North Korea pulled out of joint diplomatic office it shares with South Korea, in a major setback for Seoul.

That happened just hours after the United States implemented new sanctions related to North Korea on two Chinese shipping companies.

But then - still on the same day - Trump said he was ordering the withdrawal of new sanctions on North Korea.

He made that statement on Twitter.

It's not clear what specific sanctions he's referring to though, because there were no new U.S. sanctions on North Korea announced on that day.

Back to those two Chinese shipping companies - they were sanctioned because they are alleged to have helped North Korea evade other sanctions over its nuclear weapons program.

And were the first since the second U.S.-North Korea summit broke down last month.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not specify which sanctions Trump spoke of either in his tweet but said: "President Trump likes Chairman Kim (Jong Un) and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary."

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