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Trump's Threats Convince Me, The Path I Chose Is Correct: Kim Jong-Un On Latest Sanctions

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| September 22 , 2017 , 09:09 IST

United States President Donald Trump continued with his aggressive approach to North Korea by further increasing sanctions on the nation on Thursday, days after threatening to "totally destroy" the nation if the US had to defend itself or its allies. After the latest sanctions, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un has vowed that Trump's "deranged threats" would only toughen his resolve.

The series of increasingly stringent sanctions on North Korea have done little to deter the nation, and China and Russia have expressed unease with the aggressive approach as well.

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Kim Jong-Un called the 71-year-old US President "mentally deranged" and warned that "his threats have convinced me, rather than frightening or stopping me, that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last."

During Trump's trilateral meet with leaders of allies Japan and South Korea, the nations apart from the US most directly affected by Pyongyang's threats, he unveiled the latest sanctions on North Korea.

US President Trump later signed an executive order banning firms from operating in the US if they deal with North Korea.

"Foreign financial institutions are now on notice that going forward they can choose to do business with the United States or with North Korea, but not both," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, reinforcing Trump's order.

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As per Trump's order, any aircraft or ship that has travelled to North Korea would be banned from landing in the United States.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said to the UN Security Council: "North Korea may assume that nuclear weapons may ensure the survival of its regime. In truth, nuclear weapons are clearly only leading to greater isolation, ignominy, and deprivation."

Although the US already penalises foreign firms having ties with North Korea's military programs, the wider ambit of the latest sanction would be applicable to all businesses. The European Union has also agreed to ban investments in North Korea and exports of oil. Considered to be Pyongyang's biggest supporter, China has also asked national banks to curb their dealings with North Korea, Trump said.