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Trump says he has earlier withdrawn North Korea-related sanctions



FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Chen Wu and US President Donald Trump meet for North Korea North Korea. summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, on this photo, published on 1

March 2019 by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA through REUTERS

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump said on Friday that ordering the withdrawal of the recently announced North Korean sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department.

"Today, the US Treasury Department has announced that additional sanctions will be added to the existing sanctions against North Korea," said Trump on Twitter. "Today I have ordered the withdrawal of these additional sanctions!"

It is not clear at once what penalties Tramp has. There were no new sanctions on Friday against North Korea on Friday, but on Thursday the United States blacklisted two Chinese shipping companies who said they had helped North Korea escape sanctions for its nuclear weapons program. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders did not specify what Trump said, but said: "President Trump likes President Kim (John Un) and does not think these sanctions will be necessary."

Sanctions against Chinese forwarders were the first after the second meeting on the top between the United States and North Korea last month. Weeks after the sanctions were pronounced, North Korea withdrew from the South Connectivity Office, which is a serious impediment to Seoul.

North Korea said it was leaving a joint liaison office set up in September in the border town of Keysong after a historic summit between leader Kim Jong Wu and South Korea's Luna Jahr president earlier this year.

Reporting by Susan Hayie; writing by David Alexander; edit by Tim Ahmann and Bill Trott

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