Published: Fri, September 22, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

McMaster: Trump's North Korea rhetoric 'completely appropriate'

McMaster: Trump's North Korea rhetoric 'completely appropriate'

"I was able to reaffirm that Japan and the USA are 100% on the same page", Abe told reporters after the meeting, which lasted about an hour.

"It is unacceptable that others financial support North Korea", Trump said in a brief interaction with reporters at a luncheon with leaders from South Korea and Japan.

The call is seen as a warning to major Chinese banks that they will be denied access to the US global financial network if they do business with North Korea.

In addition, Abe and Trump asked Moon to tread carefully in dealing with North Korea, following Seoul's surprising decision to provide its northern neighbor humanitarian aid.

The measures could be applied to firms across the construction, energy, financial services, fishing, information technology, manufacturing, medical, mining, textiles, or transportation sectors.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea", Trump continued.

"Today, President Trump strengthened the USA government's ability to cut off funding to the North Korean regime and its weapons development program".

McMaster said Trump maintained a standard set by past presidents during his comments earlier this week at the United Nations.

The news was accompanied by both President Trump and Mnuchin claiming China's central bank, the People's Bank of China, had instructed local banks to suspend all business with the DPRK. "It doesn't mean that it's necessarily going to change Kim (Jong Un)'s attitude or his belief on what he wants to do".

The executive order also includes passages which would limit planes and ships that have visited North Korea from using airports and ports in the United States. It purports to do this by banning vessels and aircraft that have delivered cargo to North Korea from accessing the United States for 180 days.

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