Oh My – Text of President Trump Executive Order on Sanctions To North Korea…

Jumping ju-ju bones, now that we’ve read the stunning content of this executive order it is completely obvious why Beijing took action today with their central bank instructions.

President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin have structured this executive order in such a way that the downstream consequences from any economic engagement with the DPRK effectively cuts off that entity from engaging in commerce or economic activity with the United States.

It’s a jaw-dropping, and effective, way to blockade any economic engagement with North Korea. That reality, and accepting that POTUS Trump gave a heads’ up to Xi Jinping, is obviously what precipitated Beijing to get out ahead of the executive order lest any Chinese entity be directly impacted and blocked from trade with the U.S.

[I bullet pointed the sections below]:

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.), the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 (22 U.S.C. 287c) (UNPA), section 1 of title II of Public Law 65-24, ch. 30, June 15, 1917, as amended (50 U.S.C. 191), sections 212(f) and 215(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f) and 1185(a)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code; and in view of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2321 of November 30, 2016, UNSCR 2356 of June 2, 2017, UNSCR 2371 of August 5, 2017, and UNSCR 2375 of September 11, 2017, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, find that:

The provocative, destabilizing, and repressive actions and policies of the Government of North Korea, including its intercontinental ballistic missile launches of July 3 and July 28, 2017, and its nuclear test of September 2, 2017, each of which violated its obligations under numerous UNSCRs and contravened its commitments under the September 19, 2005, Joint Statement of the Six‑Party Talks; its commission of serious human rights abuses; and its use of funds generated through international trade to support its nuclear and missile programs and weapons proliferation, constitute a continuing threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States, and a disturbance of the international relations of the United States.

In order to take further steps with respect to the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466 of June 26, 2008, as modified in scope by and relied upon for additional steps in subsequent Executive Orders, I hereby find, determine, and order:

♦ Section 1. (a) All property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of the following persons are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in:

Any person determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State:

(i) to operate in the construction, energy, financial services, fishing, information technology, manufacturing, medical, mining, textiles, or transportation industries in North Korea;

(ii) to own, control, or operate any port in North Korea, including any seaport, airport, or land port of entry;

(iii) to have engaged in at least one significant importation from or exportation to North Korea of any goods, services, or technology;

(iv) to be a North Korean person, including a North Korean person that has engaged in commercial activity that generates revenue for the Government of North Korea or the Workers’ Party of Korea;

(v) to have materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; or

(vi) to be owned or controlled by, or to have acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order.

(b) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order. The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section are in addition to export control authorities implemented by the Department of Commerce.

(c) I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (a) of this section would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by subsection (a) of this section.

(d) The prohibitions in subsection (a) of this section include:

(i) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (a) of this section; and

(ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

♦ Sec. 2. (a) No aircraft in which a foreign person has an interest that has landed at a place in North Korea may land at a place in the United States within 180 days after departure from North Korea.

(b) No vessel in which a foreign person has an interest that has called at a port in North Korea within the previous 180 days, and no vessel in which a foreign person has an interest that has engaged in a ship‑to‑ship transfer with such a vessel within the previous 180 days, may call at a port in the United States.

(c) The prohibitions in subsections (a) and (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order.

♦ Sec. 3. (a) All funds that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person and that originate from, are destined for, or pass through a foreign bank account that has been determined by the Secretary of the Treasury to be owned or controlled by a North Korean person, or to have been used to transfer funds in which any North Korean person has an interest, are blocked and may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

(b) No United States person, wherever located, may approve, finance, facilitate, or guarantee a transaction by a foreign person where the transaction by that foreign person would be prohibited by subsection (a) of this section if performed by a United States person or within the United States.

(c) The prohibitions in subsections (a) and (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order.

♦ Sec. 4. (a) The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to impose on a foreign financial institution the sanctions described in subsection (b) of this section upon determining that the foreign financial institution has, on or after the effective date of this order:

(i) knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant transaction on behalf of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13551 of August 30, 2010, Executive Order 13687 of January 2, 2015, Executive Order 13722 of March 15, 2016, or this order, or of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to Executive Order 13382 in connection with North Korea‑related activities; or

(ii) knowingly conducted or facilitated any significant transaction in connection with trade with North Korea.

(b) With respect to any foreign financial institution determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, in accordance with this section to meet the criteria set forth in subsection (a)(i) or (a)(ii) of this section, the Secretary of the Treasury may:

(i) prohibit the opening and prohibit or impose strict conditions on the maintenance of correspondent accounts or payable-through accounts in the United States; or

(ii) block all property and interests in property that are in the United States, that hereafter come within the United States, or that are or hereafter come within the possession or control of any United States person of such foreign financial institution, and provide that such property and interests in property may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwise dealt in.

(c) The prohibitions in subsection (b) of this section apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or in regulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issued pursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract entered into or any license or permit granted before the effective date of this order.

(d) I hereby determine that the making of donations of the types of articles specified in section 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (b)(ii) of this section would seriously impair my ability to deal with the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, and I hereby prohibit such donations as provided by subsection (b)(ii) of this section.

(e) The prohibitions in subsection (b)(ii) of this section include:

(i) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to subsection (b)(ii) of this section; and

(ii) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

♦ Sec. 5. The unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(a) of this order would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and the entry of such persons into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, is therefore hereby suspended. Such persons shall be treated as persons covered by section 1 of Proclamation 8693 of July 24, 2011 (Suspension of Entry of Aliens Subject to United Nations Security Council Travel Bans and International Emergency Economic Powers Act Sanctions).

♦ Sec. 6. (a) Any transaction that evades or avoids, has the purpose of evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

(b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited.

♦ Sec. 7. Nothing in this order shall prohibit transactions for the conduct of the official business of the Federal Government or the United Nations (including its specialized agencies, programmes, funds, and related organizations) by employees, grantees, or contractors thereof.

♦ Sec. 8. For the purposes of this order:

(a) the term “person” means an individual or entity;

(b) the term “entity” means a partnership, association, trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or other organization;

(c) the term “United States person” means any United States citizen, permanent resident alien, entity organized under the laws of the United States or any jurisdiction within the United States (including foreign branches), or any person in the United States;

(d) the term “North Korean person” means any North Korean citizen, North Korean permanent resident alien, or entity organized under the laws of North Korea or any jurisdiction within North Korea (including foreign branches). For the purposes of section 1 of this order, the term “North Korean person” shall not include any United States citizen, any permanent resident alien of the United States, any alien lawfully admitted to the United States, or any alien holding a valid United States visa;

(e) the term “foreign financial institution” means any foreign entity that is engaged in the business of accepting deposits, making, granting, transferring, holding, or brokering loans or credits, or purchasing or selling foreign exchange, securities, commodity futures or options, or procuring purchasers and sellers thereof, as principal or agent. The term includes, among other entities, depository institutions; banks; savings banks; money service businesses; trust companies; securities brokers and dealers; commodity futures and options brokers and dealers; forward contract and foreign exchange merchants; securities and commodities exchanges; clearing corporations; investment companies; employee benefit plans; dealers in precious metals, stones, or jewels; and holding companies, affiliates, or subsidiaries of any of the foregoing. The term does not include the international financial institutions identified in 22 U.S.C. 262r(c)(2), the International Fund for Agricultural Development, the North American Development Bank, or any other international financial institution so notified by the Secretary of the Treasury; and

(f) the term “knowingly,” with respect to conduct, a circumstance, or a result, means that a person has actual knowledge, or should have known, of the conduct, the circumstance, or the result.

♦ Sec. 9. For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in Executive Order 13466, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to this order.

♦ Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take such actions, including adopting rules and regulations, and to employ all powers granted to me by IEEPA and UNPA as may be necessary to implement this order. The Secretary of the Treasury may, consistent with applicable law, redelegate any of these functions to other officers and agencies of the United States. All agencies shall take all appropriate measures within their authority to implement this order.

Sec. 11. This order is effective at 12:01 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, September 21, 2017.

Sec. 12. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP – THE WHITE HOUSE, September 20, 2017.

SNAP !!  Wait til Trump and Wilburine get around to the World Trade Organization.

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490 Responses to Oh My – Text of President Trump Executive Order on Sanctions To North Korea…

  1. Sam says:

    I just read the whole thing and I have a headache, but looks like nothing was left for China or any other country to dodge the impact. This is a financial MOAB aimed directly at China and the Norks. Hory chit! Way to go, Mr. President!

    Liked by 24 people

  2. Just Scott says:

    Wonder who drew the short straw and had to wake little rocket man up and give him the bad news?

    Liked by 12 people

  3. andi lee says:

    Wowser! POTUS lowered the hammer two days ago -🔨 💥

    ~DENIED!~

    Liked by 12 people

  4. Just Scott says:

    little rocket man looks like he just messed his pants

    Liked by 11 people

    • The Boss says:

      Rocket Man just issued a rambling statement, calling President Trump a “dog” among other things. I guess Kim doesn’t like being cyber-bullied…..Rocket Man!!!!!! Ha!!!!!

      Liked by 12 people

    • decisiontime16 says:

      President Trump must quaking in his boots 🙂

      From CNN:

      North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says US President Donald Trump’s remarks to the United Nations threatening the hermit country reflect “mentally deranged behavior,” according to a statement released by North Korea’s state-run news agency, KCNA.

      In the statement, which was written in the first person, Kim says North Korea will make the US leader “pay dearly for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK.”

      “I am now thinking hard about what response he could have expected when he allowed such eccentric words to trip off his tongue,” Kim said. “I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire.”
      Dotard is slang in Korean for an old person.

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      • decisiontime16 says:

        Kim needs to get a grip.

        North Korea’s foreign minister warned Thursday that Pyongyang could test a powerful nuclear weapon over the Pacific Ocean in response to US President Donald Trump’s threats of military action.

        The country’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who was due to address the United Nations General Assembly on Friday but has since dropped out, told reporters in New York that the ultimate decision, however, was up to his boss, Kim Jong Un.

        “This could probably mean the strongest hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific Ocean. Regarding which measures to take, I don’t really know since it is what Kim Jong Un does,” said Ri.

        Ri’s comments came shortly after Kim said that Trump would “pay dearly” for threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea during his UN speech Tuesday.

        In a rare direct statement, Kim said he “will consider with seriousness exercising of a corresponding, highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history.”

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      • olderwiser21 says:

        Oh, yeah – quaking…..what a maroon…..

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      • Left_at_Dunkirk says:

        It’s official. The Norks and the Democrat party are using the same talking points.

        Liked by 2 people

      • Looks like CNN drafted Kim’s response to the President’s speech..

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  5. joninmd22 says:

    The amazing thing is not that Donald Trump imposed these sanctions but that the Clinton, Obama, and both Bush Administrations didn’t. The level to which America has not had leadership over the last almost 40 years is unbelievable!

    Liked by 33 people

    • Michelle says:

      Excellent observation!

      Liked by 9 people

    • Mike says:

      Yes, which part of nuclear nonproliferation did they not understand ?
      Bill: sub and aero tech, W88s to China, NoKor nuclear reactor and fuel
      Hill: large uranium reserves to Russia
      O: financing the Iranian nuclear program

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    • It’s not just that the previous administrations didn’t impose sanctions. Instead they used bribery to kick the can down the road. Today’s situation with little rocket man is the result.

      Liked by 10 people

    • Bert Darrell says:

      Papa Bush was not a businessman, just a rotten politician dreaming with the New World Order. Clinton was totally corrupt and sold the Chinese anything they wanted. Baby Bush and Obama were two inexperienced fools who didn’t have a magic wand and couldn’t find one even if someone knocked them on the head with one.

      Liked by 8 people

      • DrivingBy says:

        Papa Bush kicked a$$ in Iraq and made a clean exit. It was very well done, the entire Middle East then knew who was boss – US. They knew that we could just let the leash go on Saddam a little bit and he’d tear up the neighborhood.

        They also know that if the paper tiger uncle Sam was tickled the wrong way one swipe of his paw would rip off their heads. It was a nearly ideal arrangement.
        Dumbya undid all of that.
        I have no idea if HW attempted to veto the second Iraq war, but he must’ve known what a disaster it would become.

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        • Moultrie Flag says:

          He caved the same day the media broadcast the pics of the “Highway of Death”

          The mission wasn’t complete. His resolve was, however.

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          • Maquis says:

            Exactly. I helped enforce that endless no-fly-zone and continual high intensity intelligence gathering; we were tied up tbere to a degree that a clean exit would have been a massive victory for Saddam, a humiliation for us. Bush Pere is fully responsible for the second Iraq war, as if he planned it.

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    • DrivingBy says:

      We had leadership, it’s just that most of leaders didn’t like us very much. most of America was either too apathetic to care or were part of the America hating fifth column.

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    • RG says:

      joinmd22: You have just explained why so many 40 somethings and younger in this country don’t have a clue about why socialism and communism are bad news. As for those over 40, all I can surmise is that they are crazy.

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    • Benson II says:

      None of them had the will the guts or the brains.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. lisabrqwc says:

    God love you, Sundance! You get me every time 🙂 I’m reading your detailed outline with bullet points with rapt attention, getting chills while saying, “Hot Damn!!” Get to the end of the article just feeling so much in awe, and then there’s the grand finale, the great photo of our Prez and his team of alphas. But wait. I scroll down just one tick further, and bam! Kung Fu Panda slurping up Pho with his scaredy-cat eyes! I laughed so hard, I almost swallowed my tongue!

    You are simply awesome!!

    Liked by 11 people

    • Fe says:

      Oh I so agree Lisa! I knew my fav Lion pic would be waiting at the bottom. Touché Sundance, well done article complete with the most appropriate graphics to help us better understand what this means to Panda and Rocket Man. 😂👍

      Liked by 5 people

  7. Troublemaker10 says:

    That’s some heavy sanctions. I’m not sure sanctions will work against a nuclear crazed tyrant though. Has it ever worked?

    There won’t be an uprising by the people either. They have been too oppressed for too long.

    You know what might work though? The Egyptian model. A military coup regime change from within.
    I wonder if we have any plan B or C involving that in the works?

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  8. Howie says:

    Rocket Man is a democrat

    Post Politics
    North Korean leader responds to Trump: ‘I will surely and definitely tame the mentally deranged U.S. dotard with fire’

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/09/21/trump-says-the-u-s-will-impose-new-sanctions-on-north-korea/?utm_term=.8418828fcf39

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  9. sedeuceter says:

    I can hear President Xi now as he hung up the phone hearing about this from President Trump, “Hory Shitski!”…..

    Liked by 4 people

  10. Just Scott says:

    I think this stuff is too rough to even post the highlights. If you have the stomach for it…

    “Inside Kim Jong-Un’s feared inner-circle: North Korean despot has teenage sex slaves plucked from school, enjoys £1,000 a-time lunches and forces upper class elite to watch horrific executions”
    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/inside-kim-jong-uns-feared-11203055

    Dead man walking. (actually, looks more like a hog than a man)

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    • Fe says:

      I’ll pass

      Liked by 3 people

    • Sylvia Avery says:

      You know, Rocket Man has to go. I’m not a fan of intervention. We’ve done too much of it and without much thought to what comes next.

      But reading that article about life in North Korea and what a demon Rocket Man is was sickening. It is tragic how the North Koreans are living. Still, they need to find their courage and rise up.

      Liked by 2 people

      • Minnie says:

        I haven’t read the link and I won’t, the title alone renews my imagined horrors faced by the people of Noko, as evidenced by the heart wrenching photo of little fat rocket man and his family.

        Gut wrenching.

        Liked by 3 people

        • Sylvia Avery says:

          Yeah, it’s bad. I’ve already read the worst of this stuff elsewhere, but the contrast of this porcine dictator eating Bird’s Nest Soup and caviar while his people eat grass and bark is pretty stark.

          The photo you mentioned, Minnie, of his family gets me every single time. They look terrified.

          Liked by 3 people

        • DrivingBy says:

          None of it would be possible without a huge network of fellow North Koreans enforcinh the nightmare.

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          • Maquis says:

            It is a huge Ocean of Evil. Not all, maybe not most, but way too many dark souls content to execute a woman in the street in front of her daughter for having the temerity to watch an unapproved Western film or such on her television.

            North Korea is not a Nation, it is a Nightmare of the highest order.

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      • redtreesquirrel says:

        Hi Sylvia. I watched several videos on youtube from a few N Koreans who had managed to escape. It is tricky, and these people have stones the size of watermelons, believe me. The trouble is that only the Govt has weapons and they are at liberty to use them for seemingly trivial things like littering. Remember Otto Wambier. When people are arrested there and found guilty and deserving of the death penalty, they execute them in the town square (regularly, I might add) and force everyone to watch. No tv programs are allowed except for Lil Kim’s announcements, so everyone has to own a tv. They do watch bootleg DVD’s, but do so in the dark of night, under a blanket so the neighbors can’t see the light. Neighbors will report them. Young people in NK are more aware than their parents of the sham Kim is pulling. Apparently his father was a revered War hero, so the older folks are programmed by that to respect Lil Kim, who is fat so he can look more like his father, who was husky. 😀 The whole country is in serious need of new leadership. I doubt it would be ill received, but the North Koreans are going to need outside help if it is to happen.

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        • Minnie says:

          If, hopefully when, the people of Noko are finally liberated, there will be an immediate need for major mental health services.

          Group and individual cognitive behavioral health therapy.

          The enormity of that possibility is overwhelming.

          Liked by 2 people

          • Maquis says:

            Indeed. Their perceptions of reality are incredibly warped and limited. They think their Hell is as good as it gets.

            The brainwashing is so complete that in one instance a trained physicist could not understand how the World continued to exist and rotate after their first Socialist Personality Cult “God” up and died. That anecdote is courtesy of the lovely Yeonmi Park whose mother, the Physicist in question, was a compliant cog in the dysfunctional regime’s command “economy.”

            Mental Healthcare there will indeed be a great need, post-Socialism. A vety astute observation Minnie.

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        • Maquis says:

          Have you encountered Yeonmi Park yet? She’s an absolute jewel with an eye opening and heart-breaking story, with a bittersweet ending. Videos on You Tube and a book on Amazon, “In Order to Live.” Riveting.

          North Korea is a Nightmare.

          The things I saw and learned while serving in South Korea testify to a very very nasty endlessly war-like State with the cruelest and most vicious agents of chaos, hiding everywhere.

          The are pre-positioned in the populations of tbe South. They have the World’s largest submarine fleet, most all designed to insert teams of saboteurs and assassins and other unsavory types.

          I’ve been in such a submarine there that had gone aground and was captured, evidently trying to insert more spies. I’ve been in one of their tunnels under the DMZ; they love being underground, tunnels snd caves, even an airbase inside of a mountain!. All profoundly eerie, spooky, terrifying actually, if you put yourself in SK’s position.

          There is no blow too low for the Norks.

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      • Moultrie Flag says:

        Best thing I read all week was a quote by a former Navy Seal.

        He simply commented, “I’d drop 25 million iPhones on NK, and send a satellite overhead broadcasting WiFi”

        Might take a little time, but hey.

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    • Maquis says:

      The Joy Brigade is a long-standing travesty.

      Mao certainly left his mark on these cretins.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Covfefe-USA says:

      I read the article. I realized that The Woman Called Hillary would love it all. She likely has sympathetic feelings for Fat Boy.

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Pam says:

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  12. andi lee says:

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  13. MaineCoon says:

    The sanctions isolate NoKo from an imports/exports with any nation – unless such nation opts to not have any trade with USA.

    Let’s assume all nations basically abide by the sanctions. The outcome might be an analogy to the Category 5 Maria that just demolished Puerto Rico. No electricity or fuel or food in grocery stores. All you have left is what’s in your pantry.

    Can NoKo exist on it’s own agriculture?

    Here’s a current 7.20.2017 assessment of NoKo agriculture status. Excerpt from North Korean Economy watch entitled “FAO sounds the alarm bells yet again this year about drought in North Korea.”

    http://www.nkeconwatch.com/category/agriculture/

    “20 July 2017, Rome�- DPR Korea’s�crop production for 2017, including staple rice, maize, potatoes and soybean, has been severely damaged by prolonged dry weather conditions, threatening food security for a large part of its population, according to a�new FAO update�prepared in collaboration with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

    Rainfall from April to June in key crop producing areas in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea�were well below the long-term average, severely disrupting planting activities and damaging the 2017 main season crops.

    “So far, seasonal rainfall in main cereal producing areas have been below the level of 2001, when cereal production dropped to the unprecedented level of only two million tonnes, causing a sharp deterioration in food security conditions of a large part of the population,” said Vincent Martin, FAO Representative in China and DPR Korea.

    Food shortages during ongoing lean season

    The severe dry spell also affected the 2016/17 early season crops which were harvested in June and include wheat, barley and potatoes. According to FAO’s latest estimates, production of 2017 early season crops has plunged by over 30 percent, from the previous year’s level of 450 000 tonnes to 310 000 tonnes.”

    Denuclearization of the peninsular hopefully will be sooner rather than later, but the ball is in the panda’s court. The North Koreans will greatly suffer. Many will blame PT, particularly uniparty. Always remember all this started decades ago, when the panda got too big for its britches when Bubba brought them into WHO and everything went downhill from that presidency onward, imo.

    Many NoKos might die. There is no easy answer, but this is the only humane way to de-nuke NoKo although if panda lingers there will still be many deaths.

    A nuclear NoKo is not an option. I thank God for President Trump’s wisdom to enact the economic option.

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  14. Just Scott says:

    Interesting. No mention of President Trump’s EO, but an hour ago, Xinhua posted this story under “Latest News:

    “Urgent: DPRK top leader vows to retaliate against Trump over threatening remarks”
    “PYONGYANG, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) — The top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un has vowed to retaliate against U.S. President Donald Trump “for his speech calling for totally destroying the DPRK,” the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Friday.”

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/22/c_136627874.htm

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  15. G3 says:

    Hmm- Fox News Martha Hour- using identical verbage ‘copious note taker’ reguarding Spicer as they did with Comey.

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  16. MVW says:

    I think this EO move is the big move. No more non kinetic leverage is left. All in.

    Large money was being made from trade with NK by HK Chinese and party bosses, and that money can no longer be made. Therefore Lil’Kim’s nuke program, missiles and nukes, has screwed it up. The only question is how long will the Chinese with their hands on Kim’s strings wait to make a change to free up this trade? Not long I suspect. Even if Ivan sneaks some trade, the Chinese firms are screwed because the Chinese have more to lose than Russians if caught.

    Bye, bye NK nukes. Six party talks over dismantling the nuclear reactor and elimination of nukes and missiles. At that point Kim becomes irrelevant and vulnerable.

    The problem with using the US courts to stop this is that there is nothing but down side to try it. It would be political suicide for the Dhimmis to try it. Nothing left to help RocketMan.

    Will Kim try to go kinetic? Not and live. End of next week for Sundance’s predicted scripted talks? Already contingency plan in place? Whatever, it is a done deal.

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  17. andi lee says:

    This was a surprise find. 😲

    China has been putting the screws to So. Korea over the THAAD self-defense system installation.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/arirangtvnews/status/909637561592582144

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  18. Brant says:

    Will there be a judge to put a restraining order on it as undiplomatic? Will CONgress pass a resolution preventing him from taking economic sanction against certain countries?

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  19. Maquis says:

    Holy Kimchi, RocketMan!
    You no gonna last rong-time!
    🤣

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  20. Sylvia Avery says:

    So what are we to think about President Moon whatever from SK giving $8 million to the Norks for humanitarian aid? The timing seems totally off.

    What is with him? I know his family is from the North and he has lots of sad feelz for the Norks, but honestly.

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  21. Concerned Virginian says:

    Hi, TCH family. Making a chirp on my branch. First relatively quiet evening in days. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Will be chirping from time to time when i can. Am reading TCH articles and postings when I can. Thank God for the TCH Family.
    So–read the EO. Wow. WAY TO GO, POTUS TRUMP!
    My question, tongue in cheek but you never know, it’s CaliforniaFruitAndNuttia: Wonder if the CA Attorney General will sue our POTUS over this EO because there’s no “environmental impact study”?

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  22. andi lee says:

    Implications of POTUS Speech felt far and wide.
    Apparently, like a punch to the gut.

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  23. itswoot says:

    Down the road for China and North Korea…

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  24. Founding Fathers Fan says:

    President Trump to North Korea: “No soup for you”.

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  25. Remington..... says:

    Just watching Lou Dobbs….Tammy Bruce was one of his guests tonight. She commented that there was more support, appreciation for PDJT on the International scene than he gets from repubs in DC. She suggested that PT would do well to turn his hammer on the “non-believers” in DC next. I wholeheartedly agree….It’s time….

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  26. A2 says:

    Just reposting from a few days ago;
    “Chinese Firm Smuggles Missile Parts to N.Korea”

    http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2017/09/19/2017091900988.html

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  27. Just Scott says:

    N.K. FM says ‘highest-level’ actions in Kim’s remarks may be H-bomb test in Pacific
    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/northkorea/2017/09/22/11/0401000000AEN20170922004700315F.html

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  28. Just Scott says:

    Xinhua finally figures out how to spin President Trump’s EO. (Sundance calls it every time!)
    “Latest News: Trump thanks China for DPRK banking action ”
    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2017-09/22/c_136628784.htm
    2017-09-22 09:14:55 (15 minutes ago)

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  29. Pam says:

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  30. mantaplagi says:

    As Kim Jong Il was immortalised by the song Ronery, from Team America. His son has a sing of his own too.

    Rocket Man by Elton John.

    No, I have no idea why the guy in the cartoon looks like Obama. But it fits somehow.

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  31. A2 says:

    What is interesting about the official DPRK statement after the President’s speech calling him a (he Korean version says “늙다리미치광이” = lunatic old man) is the fact the statement was in the first person, something no previous NK leader has done. So, Kim is on a first-person name-calling basis with President Trump. Sounds like a bilat twitter “diplomacy” to me.

    OK, I am joking, but it may indicate that the rest of the regime is walking backward and the cheese may be standing alone.

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  32. treehouseron says:

    You know China’s on the phone like

    “Hey, just asking for a friend, but suppose the regime changed in N Korea, could we trade… hypothetically… with them then?”

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  33. DrivingBy says:

    This may have the effect of saving tens of thousands of perhaps hundreds of thousands of North Koreans from the results of necessary military action we would otherwise have been forced into. I state that because I think it’s likely Kim’s brinkmanship would eventually lead to him making demands that he can back up only by watching some type of military strike. We’d be forced to respond, with the understanding that Kim’s next move would be an ICBM strike, possibly from a mobile launcher.
    Personally I wouldn’t mind one bit if the entire North Korean leadership, army and support system is annihilated. That’s not going to happen and if it did we’d be demonized for it, but it would make the world a better place.

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  34. Tim Tarr says:

    Anyone else see China’s credit rating dinged today? Coincidence????

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  35. Jefff says:

    Holy SHITTE !! what will Dennis Rodman do NOW !! ?

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  36. jeans2nd says:

    Are we going after those companies that provide NoKo’s access to Inet? Much info and technology is web open source (see ISIS).

    NoKo obtains it’s IPs from Unicom, a Chinese company that provides the fiber links, and SatGate, a Russian company that provides sat uplinks.
    https://nknetobserver.github.io/
    https://gizmodo.com/so-who-shut-down-north-koreas-internet-1674589139

    The github link lists the IP blocks assigned to NoKo. Sanction the companies providing the IPs.

    Staying with the github link, NoKo is using open source software, Linux and Apache flavor distros, some Windoz IIS servers, and Cisco hardware. Has MS and Cisco provided those patches for Win machines and Cisco routers to NoKo? Hope not. The PCs/laptops NoKo is using are Appleisforwimps.

    Are the (likely Chinese) middlemen who provide the hardware/software to NoKo being sanctioned?
    Hello Alibaba.
    So many more companies/individuals/banks to sanction, so little time.

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  37. Icandy55 says:

    So if Kneeling Dennis finds his way to visit his friend Mr. Kim, he can’t come back for 180 days? All of his assets are frozen? He’ll be there for an extended stay? Sounds good to me.

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  38. Yggdrasil says:

    It’s one thing to issue such an order. It’s another to enforce it.

    We’ll just have to wait and see how serious Trump is and, if he really is serious, whether the Deep State will let him bring the hammer down on China.

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