Mnuchin: Executive order ready to sanction countries trading with N. Korea

Mnuchin: Executive order ready to sanction countries trading with N. Korea
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Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinBipartisan housing finance reform on the road less taken Trump at a pivotal crossroads on Iran Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't want war with Iran | Pentagon chief calls attack on Saudi oil facilities 'unprecedented' | Administration weighs response | 17th US service member killed in Afghanistan this year MORE says he has prepared an executive order for President Trump that would sanction nations trading with North Korea.

“If we don't get these additional sanctions at the [United Nations], as I mentioned over the weekend, I have an executive order prepared, that's ready to go to the president that will authorize to stop doing trade and put sanctions on anybody that does trade with North Korea,” Mnuchin told reporters on Wednesday.

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Mnuchin described “the North Korean situation” as “not acceptable” in comments that come after Pyongyang said over the weekend that it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile. 

“It's very clear that the focus right now is at the U.N., putting additional sanctions,” Mnuchin said.

United States Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyJuan Williams: Why does Trump fear GOP voters? Can Carl DeMaio save the California GOP? Treasury: US deficit tops trillion in 11 months MORE called for the "strongest possible measures" in an emergency Security Council meeting and said the U.S. will circulate a resolution for a vote next week.