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Trump downplays new U.N. sanctions on N. Korea

2017/09/13 02:31

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Donald Trump played down the new United Nations sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday, saying they are "just another very small step" and "not a big deal."

   The Trump administration pushed for a complete oil embargo and an asset freeze for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after the regime conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.

But on Monday, the U.N. Security Council adopted a watered down version of the U.S. proposals with caps on North Korea's oil imports and a ban on textile exports.

"We think it's just another very small step -- not a big deal," Trump told reporters at the start of talks with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

"(Secretary of State) Rex (Tillerson) and I were just discussing not knowing if it has any impact, but it's nice to get a 15 to nothing vote," he said, referring to the council's unanimous approval. "Those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen."

   Trump also noted that Malaysia has stopped doing business with North Korea, something the administration finds to be "very important."