North Korea

Report: Economic Sanctions Falling Apart After Trump’s North Korea Summit

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Citing sources in North and South Korea, Reuters reports that the cost of gasoline in North Korea has dropped by nearly 50 percent following Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Exports of gasoline into North Korea have been all but banned by the United Nations, but that's obviously not being enforced anymore, at least not by the regional partners we need to enforce it (China and Russia).

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution in December to ban nearly 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to North Korea over its nuclear and missile programs.

But as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has moved to improve relations with the United States, China and South Korea, concerns have grown that the policy of “maximum pressure” through sanctions and isolation, is losing steam. [...]

China said on Tuesday it strictly abided by U.N. sanctions, but indicated it may have resumed some fuel shipments to North Korea in the second quarter of this year.

If we're being real, I think "maximum pressure" flew out the window when Trump met with Kim Jong-un, but it wasn't just meeting him that did it.

Trump didn't just meet Kim Jong-un. Trump told the world that North Korea had agreed to do things that Kim Jong-un did not actually agree to. Trump told the world that Kim Jong-un would give up his nuclear weapons and, god willing, allow him to build a Trump resort and casino on a North Korean beach someday. But that's not happening. It's never going to happen. Trump was so desperate for a political victory and a Nobel Prize that he gave the entire game away to his would-be opponent.

I don't see how we can be mad at China for allowing gasoline to flow into North Korea after Trump declared victory and all but designated Kim Jong-un as his new best friend.

China knows Kim Jong-un hasn't and will not give up his nuclear weapons, and they may not even want to see him do so, but Trump told the world that everything is fine now. They may know it's a lie, but why not take Trump's word for it anyway?

My biggest takeaway from this is that it's occasionally geopolitically advantageous for our adversaries to play along with Trump's bullshit.

  • Scopedog

    And is anyone surprised at this? Anyone? Show of hands? No hands?

  • 1933john

    Wow, ole Kim sure knows how to
    deal with phony-assed round eyes.
    Putin slipped Kim a tape or two?

  • Badgerite

    And this is the guy who is gonna get us a “better deal” with Iran? Yeah. Right. Obama and his State Department under both Clinton and Kerry worked hard to prevent nuclear proliferation in the world. This traitorous POS is simply squandering that. To achieve nothing. Nuclear proliferation is a serious business. Not game show stuff.

  • muselet

    If any country in the world deserves to be a pariah state, it’s North Korea. Now, at least in part thanks to the credulity of Donald Trump, it no longer is.

    Yeah, Trump is sure a master negotiator, isn’t he?


    • Scopedog

      But her emai–ah, fuck it.

  • gescove

    Who could have predicted that unrestrained ego, unfathomable ignorance, and complete lack of preparation would bring undesirable results?

    • Nefercat

      Well now, we have to remember, Secretary of State Clinton was actually criticized during the campaign for being over-prepared. One can only imagine the horror of an expert on world politics (and egos) running the show now.