Trump says sanctions having ‘big impact’ on North Korea

President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the U.S. sees economic sanctions imposed against North Korea as having a “big impact” on the regime’s ability to function.

“Sanctions and ‘other’ pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea. Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South Korea. Rocket man now wants to talk to South Korea for first time. Perhaps that is good news, perhaps not – we will see!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.

Trump’s comments come after North Korea leader Kim Jong-un reached out to South Korea in a New Year’s Day speech, perhaps in a bid to undermine U.S. influence in Seoul.

“The Winter Olympic Games that will be held soon in the South will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation and we sincerely wish that the event will be held with good results,” the North Korean leader said in a speech.

The U.S. and South Korea are in line on ramping up diplomatic and economic pressure against the North in an effort to convince Pyongyang to drop its nuclear weapons program.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has, nevertheless, long backed dialogue with the North, as experts predict any nuclear tensions would cause enormous casualties in South Korea. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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