Trump administration considering broad sanctions toward North Korea: report

Trump administration considering broad sanctions toward North Korea: report
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The Trump administration is reportedly considering imposing broad sanctions targeted toward North Korea.

The administration is weighing sanctions that would cut off North Korea from the global financial system, Reuters reported, according to a senior U.S. official.

These include imposing economic and diplomatic pressures in addition to increased defense.

The proposals could be presented to President Trump within weeks, according to Reuters. The recommendations are being put together by the president's national security adviser, H. R. McMaster.

U.S. officials have reportedly cautioned China about the potential for "secondary sanctions." These would be aimed at banks and companies that conduct business with North Korea.

On Sunday, the president slammed North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un for "acting very, very badly" after the country's recent missile activity.

North Korea claimed it tested a new high-thrust rocket engine Saturday, the latest in a string of missile tests over the past few months.

"He's acting very, very badly," the president said of North Korea's leader, according to a White House pool report.

Trump traveled to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. this weekend and said he discussed North Korea's missile launches during his weekend meetings.

Last week, the president criticized North Korea and China in an early-morning tweet.

“North Korea is behaving very badly. They have been ‘playing’ the United States for years. China has done little to help!” Trump tweeted.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week said U.S. military force is an option for dealing with North Korea's pursuit of missile and nuclear weapons, warning "the policy of strategic patience" is over.