Trump targets North Korea in new executive order

Donald Trump, Rex Tillerson, Mike Pence
President Donald Trump gestures for people to take their seat at a luncheon with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the Palace Hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017, in New York. From left, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

NEW YORK (AP/NBC) – President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would enable the United States to sanction individual companies and institutions that finance trade with North Korea.

Trump made the announcement Thursday during a working luncheon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

“I think we’re making a lot of progress in a lot of different ways,” Trump said, adding, “Stay tuned. Stay tuned.”

Trump said the measure would also disrupt other trade avenues for North Korea in efforts to halt its nuclear weapons program.

“Tolerance for this disgraceful practice must end now,” Trump said.

He also saluted China’s central bank for what he said was a move to stop its banks from trading with North Korea. That development was reported by Reuters Thursday.

The move comes just days after Trump threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if forced to defend the U.S. or its allies.

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