Report: Trump weighing sanctions against North Korea

Report: Trump weighing sanctions against North Korea
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE’s administration is weighing sanctions against North Korea in an effort to curb Pyongyang's nuclear program, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The report says the sanctions would be aimed at placing diplomatic and economic pressure, specifically focused on Chinese banks conducting business with North Korea.

News of the potential sanctions comes after the country’s state media said on Sunday that it conducted a successful rocket test.

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Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHillicon Valley — Blinken unveils new cyber bureau at State Blinken formally announces new State Department cyber bureau Hillicon Valley — TikTok, Snapchat seek to distance themselves from Facebook MORE during his recent trip to East Asia reportedly discussed how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear program with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Tillerson at the time said the U.S. would work with China to counter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Trump has said he will not allow North Korea to obtain a nuclear weapon. The president slammed North Korea last Friday, saying it is “behaving very badly.” He also criticized China for doing “little to help.”