The promised sanctions against North Korea that will be the toughest and largest package of sanctions, meant to pressure the nation to give up their nuclear and missile programs, are soon to be announced by the White House.
The U.S. is imposing the new sanctions although talks between South Korea and its northern neighbor are beginning to show progress.
According to Reuters, tougher sanctions may jeopardize the latest detente between the two Koreas, illustrated by the North’s participation in the Winter Olympics in the South, amid preparations for talks about a possible summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Vice President Mike Pence previously hinted about the plan during his official visit of Tokyo, which was shortly before the Winter Olympics in South Korea started.
North Korea conducted dozens of missile launches, as well as its sixth and largest nuclear test while ignoring U.N. resolutions, as they are determined to develop a nuclear-armed missile that is capable of reaching the North American continent.
North Korea excuse for the nuclear program is that it is essential to deter U.S. aggression. However, in the last two months there haven’t been any tests.
Reuters reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he wants to boost the “warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue” with South Korea, which hosts 28,500 U.S. troops, after a high-level delegation, including his sister, returned from the Olympics.
Meanwhile, as an extension of that rapprochement, the North agreed on Friday to hold working-level talks on Tuesday for the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics on the North’s side of the border village of Panmunjom, Reuters reports.
President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will be still staying in South Korea as the new sanctions are announced. Previously, she had dinner with South Korean president Moon Jae-in and later she will be attending the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.