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U.S. to Leave in Place Latest North Korea-Related Sanctions, Sources Say

  • Trump tweet sowed confusion over American sanctions policy
  • No plans to impose additional penalties on Kim’s government
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on March 22, 2019. 

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on March 22, 2019. 

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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The U.S. will leave in place North Korea-related sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies that were announced on Thursday, and President Donald Trump has no plans to impose additional penalties on Kim Jong Un’s government, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The two people, who were granted anonymity to discuss the issue, spoke on Friday night, hours after Trump threw U.S. sanctions policy toward North Korea into confusion, saying on Twitter that he had ordered the withdrawal of “additional large scale” penalties his government imposed against the country.