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Chrystia Freeland
Canada will not stand by silently as the government of Venezuela robs its people of their fundamental democratic rights. Today's announcement of sanctions against the Maduro regime underscores our commitment to defending democracy and human rights around the world.feedback
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NEW Sep 22 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Sanctions. 377 people are quoted and you can read 762 citations of them about Sanctions. Vladimir Putin, Rex W. Tillerson, Nikki Haley and Steven Mnuchin, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Vladimir Putin said: “We should not act out of emotions and push North Korea to a dead end.”.
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Mike Pence

We do not desire a military conflict. But the president has made it very clear, as he did at the U.N. this week, that all options are on the table and we are simply not going to tolerate a rogue regime in Pyongyang obtaining usable nuclear weapons that could be mounted on a ballistic missile and threaten the people of the United States or our allies.feedback

Donald J. Trump

This new order provides us with powerful new tools, but I want to be clear the order targets only one country -- and that country is North Korea. Many countries are working with us to increase economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea. But I continue to call on all those responsible nations to enforce and implement U.N. sanctions and impose their own measures like the ones I am announcing today. Why not?feedback

Steven Mnuchin

No bank in any country should be used to facilitate Kim Jong Un's destructive behavior. This new executive order will authorize the Treasury to impose a range of sanctions such as suspending U.S. Correspondent account access to any foreign bank that knowingly conducts or facilitates significant transactions tied to trade with North Korea.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue. The Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed. Once again here at the U.N. General Assembly where nations pledge actions for world peace and the mutual prosperity of all peoples, I make the following points very clear to North Korea and the international community. We do not desire the collapse of North Korea. We will not seek unification by absorption or artificial means.feedback

Donald J. Trump

For much too long, North Korea has been allowed to abuse the international financial system to facilitate funding for its nuclear weapons and missile programs. The United States has had representatives working on this problem for over 25 years, and they have done nothing. That is why we are in the problem that we are in today, in addition to, frankly, other countries not doing what they should have done.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

We call on all counties around the world to join us, by cutting off all trade and financial ties with North Korea, in order to achieve a denuclearized North Korean peninsula.feedback

Anthony Munroe

This is a huge accomplishment in a short period of time in that we were able to avert significant sanctions.feedback

Nicholas Burns

What has been missing in Trump's North Korea strategy is a major diplomatic show of unity among these three countries. By standing firmly beside South Korea and Japan, President Trump can strengthen our strategic deterrence against Pyongyang.feedback

Moon Jae-in

All of our endeavors are to prevent the outbreak of war from breaking out and maintain peace. In that respect, the situation surrounding the North Korean nuclear issue needs to be managed stably so that tensions will not become overly intensified or accidental military clashes will not destroy peace.feedback

Maysam Berhavesh

Trump doesn't have to become Moscow or Tehran's best friend, but he should be considering measures like offering to de-list Iran as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and easing sanctions against Tehran and Moscow in return for their withdrawing support from anti-American forces in Afghanistan. Those measures aren't going to end Afghanistan's internal conflict, but they might de-escalate it enough for Trump to work on a new exit strategy for U.S. troops.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

We have the strictest sanctions ever put in place. We do believe there are early signs of those having an effect. Ultimately, though, we're going to need the assistance of the neighbours in the region.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We continue to press on the diplomatic level and that includes economic sanctions. At this time, we must also recognize the somber reality that military options must be available in order to protect our allies and ourselves.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

We never condone tyranny and we always defend the voiceless. We never threaten anyone. But we do not tolerate threats from anyone. They [the U.S.] have imposed sanctions really against themselves and now they feel betrayed. We were not deceived nor did we cheat or deceive anyone. We have ourselves determined our extent of our nuclear program, we never sought to achieve deterrence through weapons.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

These continued provocations only deepen North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation … United Nations Security Council resolutions, including the most recent unanimous sanctions resolution, represent the floor, not the ceiling, of the actions we should take. We call on all nations to take new measures against the Kim regime.feedback

John Kerry

Well the United States remain deeply committed to a denuclearisation programme in North Korea and we are going to continue. And here I agree with the Trump policy about putting additional requests to China, asking China to do more, because China can do more. And the notion that North Korea is near collapse for the steps that have been taken is ridiculous. China can do more. We asked them to do more, we ratcheted it up, then we saw new, additional sanctions from the Trump administration, twice now, but still it is not enough. We know it's not enough, I believe China knows it's not enough.feedback

Robert Gates

So, a political solution involves perhaps recognition, lifting sanctions, signing a peace treaty. These are all very big steps that have to be done in coordination with South Korea, with Japan. And in exchange for that, either dramatically curtailing the North programmes or eliminating them. Well as it's often the case, Russia is not being very helpful. I think that this is a situation when, unlike China, Russia is perfectly content to see the US preoccupied with this problem in North Korea and to exploit it in Asia and wherever else they can.feedback

Michel Temer

Evidently, everyone at the table wants a democratic solution in Venezuela, but no one wants a foreign intervention. We are talking about verbal sanctions, with democratic words, diplomatic words.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We must reject threats to sovereignty, from the Ukraine to the South China Sea. It is time for North Korea to realize that the denuclearization is its only acceptable future. The United Nations Security Council recently held two unanimous 15-to-0 votes adopting hard-hitting resolutions against North Korea, and I want to thank China and Russia for joining the vote to impose sanctions, along with all of the other members of the Security Council. Thank you to all involved.feedback

Julie Bishop

That has happened in the past when North Korea has been subjected to sanctions, certainly not as comprehensive as the current round of sanctions, but they have returned to the negotiating table and that is what we are seeking to do.feedback

Sean Turnell

The people who lead this government are the same people who faced down evil for decades. They remain Myanmar's best hope.feedback

John Sifton

Burmese security forces are committing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya and disregarding the condemnation of world leaders. The time has come to impose tougher measures that Burma's generals cannot ignore.feedback

Yun Sun

This is basically an opportunity for China and a vulnerability of Aung San Suu Kyi. The Chinese government says the Rohingya issue doesn't affect us and by supporting Aung San Suu Kyi we don't lose anything.feedback

Park Soo-hyun

The two leaders agreed on more practical and stronger pressure ... to make the North Korean regime realise that further provocation will only bring stronger diplomatic isolation and economic pressure leading to a path of collapse.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

This is another dangerous, reckless, criminal act by the North Korean regime, threatening the stability of the region and the world and we condemn it, utterly. This is a sign, I believe, of their frustration at the increased sanctions on North Korea, recently imposed by the Security Council. It's a sign that the sanctions are working. I don't accept that. The critical thing is to continue to apply economic pressure on North Korea to bring the regime to it senses.feedback

Robert Gates

I think one option that the United States has before it is to put on the table a significant package of diplomatic proposals, coupled with a statement of the military actions we will take if there is no political solution to the problem. A political solution involves perhaps recognition, lifting sanctions, signing a peace treaty. If North Korea launches one of those missiles and it hits an America ally – South Korea, Japan – or American territory Guam or elsewhere there almost certainly will be a military response to that.feedback

H.R. McMaster

For those who have said and have been commenting about the lack of a military option, there is a military option. Now, it's not what we would prefer to do. So, what we have to do is call on all nations, call on everyone, to do everything we can to address this global problem short of war. So that is implementing now these significant sanctions that have just now gone into place, and it is convincing everyone to do everything that they can. And that it's in their interest to do it.feedback

Donald J. Trump

North Korea best not make any more threats to the US. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. I don't know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15-to-nothing vote, but those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.feedback

Rob Manfred

I have decided to fine the Red Sox an undisclosed amount which in turn will be donated by my office to hurricane relief efforts in Florida. Moreover, all 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

In our view, Iran is clearly in default of these expectations of the JCPOA, through their actions to prop up the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime, to engage in malicious activities in the region, including cyber activity, aggressively developing ballistic missiles.feedback

Choe Kang-il

You can impose whatever sanctions you want, but no matter how long these sanctions last - whether it is for a hundred or a thousand years - we will keep stepping up efforts and continue with our planned tests.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The sanctions and pressure by the international community will only tighten so that North Korea has no choice but to take the path for genuine dialogue for nuclear disarmament. If North Korea provokes us or our allies, we have the strength to smash the attempt at an early stage and inflict a level of damage it would be impossible to recover from.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The Nikkei is holding up as currencies have reacted relatively calmly to the missile launch, with dollar/yen back above the 110-yen threshold. Also, the missile launch did not catch the market entirely off guard, as North Korea was expected to react after the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions.feedback

Zhang Baohui

Beijing wants to teach North Korea a lesson without causing its collapse. These do show some changes in China's thinking about North Korea as the sanctions are unprecedented.feedback

Zhang Liangui

The sanctions imposed on North Korea are still lacking strength and global scale.feedback

Yoshihide Suga

Implementation [of sanctions] is extremely important. We must firmly make efforts to win over China and Russia, which have influence with North Korea.feedback

Masahiro Ichikawa - Sumitomo Mitsui Asset Management

The Nikkei is holding up as currencies have reacted relatively calmly to the missile launch, with dollar/yen back above the 110.00 yen threshold. Also, the missile launch did not catch the market entirely off guard, as North Korea was expected to react after the latest U.N. Security Council sanctions.feedback

Mitch McConnell

In my view, publicly condemning Aung San Suu Kyi–the best hope for democratic reform in Burma–is simply not constructive. … Unfounded criticism of Suu Kyi exaggerates her ability to command the military, which the Burmese constitution does not actually allow her to do.feedback

Nikki Haley

Today, we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea, and today the Security Council is saying that if the North Korean regime does not halt its nuclear program, we will act to stop it ourselves. We are done trying to prod the regime to do the right thing, we are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.feedback

Heather Nauert

The administration did approve waivers in order to maintain some flexibility. Waving some of those sanctions should not be seen as an indication of President Trump or his administration's position on the JCPOA nor is the waver giving the Iranian regime a pass on its broad range malign behavior. Again, no decisions have been made on the final JCPOA. We still have some time for that.feedback

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump's commitment to decertify, and the credible threat he could walk away from the nuclear accord, are motivating Europeans to come on board with ways to fix it.feedback

Hossein Mousavian

If European leaders hold steadfast to the deal, as they have said they will, it will prove that Iran can pursue a relationship with the West minus the United States. Iran may well cooperate with Europe – and only Europe – on regional issues such as defeating Islamic State and stabilizing neighboring countries.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

Iran is clearly in default of these expectations. [Iran is] threatening, not ensuring but threatening, the security of those in the region as well as the United States itself. So, we have to consider the totality of the behavior and not let our view be defined [solely] by the nuclear agreement. President Trump has made it clear to those of us who are helping him develop this policy that we must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran's nuclear capabilities.feedback

Mohammad Javad Zarif

The #JCPOA is not (re)negotiable. A 'better deal' is pure fantasy. About time for U.S. to stop spinning and begin complying, just like Iran.feedback

Naguib Sawiris

I believed I've extended a good service to the innocent people of North Korea who are deprived from seeing their parents who live miles away or can't call their children when they come back from school. They're allowed to have the simplest services that everybody in the west has. It has nothing to do with politics. As an investor, I obey by all UN resolutions making sure we're not violating any sanctions, any rules.feedback

Wendy Sherman

Either directly or indirectly, ripping up this deal by the United States is the worst thing we could do for American national security. If the deal fell apart, because we either were in material breach or we took actions where Iran decided it needed to leave, obviously Iran would be back on the march to getting potential for a nuclear weapon and the [International Atomic Energy Agency] would lose all visibility into the program.feedback

Gerard Araud

We adamantly refuse to reopen the agreement. No renegotiation and respect of the agreement. On this basis, we always can discuss other issues.feedback

Sigmar Gabriel

Let's at least get a cease-fire implemented and the heavy weapons withdrawn, and then do two things as a reward: lift the sanctions and help with rebuilding eastern Ukraine.feedback

Sarah Sanders

All options are on the table. The president has also said that he wants every country involved to step up and do more. This was a small step in that process, and we're hoping that they'll all take a greater role and a more active role in putting pressure on North Korea.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We had a vote yesterday on sanctions. We think it's just another very small step – not a big deal. Those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.feedback

Nikki Haley

The forthcoming measures by DPRK will make the U.S. suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in its history.feedback

Rob Wood - Bank of America

My hope is the regime will hear the message loud and clear and it will choose a different path. We call on all countries to vigorously implement these new sanctions and all other existing sanctions.feedback

Nikki Haley

If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future ... If North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. My delegation condemns in the strongest terms, and categorically rejects, the latest illegal and unlawful U.N. Security Council resolution. This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional $500 million or more in annual revenues.feedback

Nikki Haley

Either the Administration believes Iran is in violation of the deal; or the lifting of sanctions against Iran is not appropriate and proportional to the regime's behavior; or the lifting of sanctions is not in the U.S. national security interest.feedback

Nikki Haley

If it agrees to stop its nuclear programme, it can reclaim its future ... if North Korea continues its dangerous path, we will continue with further pressure. This resolution also puts an end to the regime making money from the 93,000 North Korean citizens it sends overseas to work and heavily taxes. This ban will eventually starve the regime of an additional US$500 million or more in annual revenues.feedback

Nikki Haley

These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. These steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively. We will never forget the lesson that those who have evil intentions must be confronted. Today we are saying the world will never accept a nuclear armed North Korea.feedback

Nikki Haley

These are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on North Korea. These steps only work if all nations implement them completely and aggressively.feedback

Stuart Culverhouse - Exotix

The stiffer sanctions won't change anything in the near-term. The new embargoes are incrementally tougher, but diplomacy meant they had to be compromised to an extent that they are very unlikely to change minds in Pyongyang.feedback

Nikki Haley

We are done trying to prod the regime from doing the right thing. We are now trying to stop it from having the ability to do the wrong thing.feedback

Nikki Haley

This will cut deep. That day the United States saw that mass murder can come from a clear blue sky on a beautiful Tuesday morning. But today, they threat to the United states and the world is not coming out of the blue. The North Korean regime has demonstrated that it will not act on its own to end its nuclear program. The civilized world must do what the regime refuses to do. We must stop it's march toward a nuclear arsenal with the ability to deliver it anywhere in the world.feedback

Richard Nephew

We lack vision to incorporate sanctions into a broader strategy and this is hurting our ability to get really tough sanctions or use them appropriately. This must change if we are to avoid just using sanctions for sanctions' sake.feedback

Steffen Seibert

There was agreement that the conflict about North Korea's nuclear armament must be resolved peacefully.feedback

Michael Fallon

So we've got to work at this problem and bring about a diplomatic solution that stops the development of North Korea's nuclear programme and enforces the sanctions we have at the moment.feedback

Michael Fallon

What we have to avoid at all costs is this spilling over into any kind of military conflict. So we're working flat out at the United Nations to get a better resolution there to enforce the existing sanctions, we're looking at sanctions across the European Union, and of course we're trying to persuade China to keep its neighbour in check. I'm very concerned about the situation in the Pacific. The United States is fully entitled to defend its own territory, to defend its bases and look after its people. But this involves us. London is closer to North Korea and its missiles than Los Angeles.feedback

Zhang Liangui

The move [against North Korean accounts] benefits China as a country. China takes sanctions very seriously.feedback

Matthew Rycroft

There is a significant prize in keeping the whole of the Security Council united. I very much hope that all my Council colleagues will vote in favor of the revised draft. [I]t's called negotiation. I very much hope that all my Council colleagues will vote in favor of the revised draft. The version on the table is strong, it is robust, it is a very significant set of additional sanctions on imports into North Korea and on exports out of North Korea and other measures as well, so that's why we will be voting in favor of it.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

There are vulnerabilities here, because the people North Korea is doing business with want dollars. It was dollars that the North Koreans were attempting to send to Russia. The Russians are not about to start taking North Korean won.feedback

Sergei Ryabkov

Washington, in theory, should have learned that, for us, the language of sanctions is unacceptable; the solution of real problems is only hindered by such actions. So far, however, it does not seem that they have come to an understanding of such obvious truths.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

Russia is now a player in this realm. The Chinese may be fed up with North Korea and willing to do more to increase the pressure. But it's not clear that the Russians are willing to go along with that.feedback

Nikki Haley

We are done trying to prod North Korea to do the right thing. We are now acting to stop it doing the right thing. If it proves it can live in peace, the world will live in peace with it.feedback

Richard Nephew

Far from showing a major international shift to support regime-threatening sanctions, the UN [security council's] proposed resolution underscores the degree to which the US and other members have fundamentally different views on [North Korea].feedback

Richard Gowan - European Council

This is a pretty solid resolution, and if the US had worked it up quietly with China and Russia it could have been sold as another significant win for Washington. But the fact that the original US pitch was so much stronger now makes it look like a defeat. Perhaps Haley felt that she had to open with a maximalist bid to get anything at all.feedback

Kang Kyung-wha

We have been in consultations that oil has to be part of the final sanctions. I do believe that whatever makes it into the final text and is adopted by consensus hopefully will have significant consequences on the economic pressure against North Korea.feedback

Kim Jong-un

The recent test of the H-bomb is the great victory won by the Korean people.feedback

John Park

Targeted sanctions–unintentionally and counterintuitively–helped to create more efficient markets in China for North Korea Incorporated.feedback

Adam Szubin

It would mean placing a stranglehold on the North Korean economy that makes it impossible for the leader to pay his military and security forces, to fuel his planes and trucks, or to provide bribes to his family and cronies.feedback

David Cohen

One way the Trump administration can get the Chinese into the game here in a more effective fashion is by looking at more sanctions on Chinese entities, especially certain smaller banks and trading companies, that are critical to the North Korean economy.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The reckless behaviour of North Korea is a global threat and requires a global response and that of course also includes NATO. I will not speculate about whether Article 5 will be applied in such a situation. We are now totally focused on how can we contribute to a peaceful solution of the conflict. There is no easy way out of this difficult situation, but at the same time we have to ... continue to work for political solution, continue to press also the economic sanctions.feedback

Bruce Bechtol

Everything that I've seen suggests that the majority of this stuff goes on ships. Ships are easier to hide. You wouldn't think so. But aircraft have to file flight plans. Cargo and transport aircraft have to fly through air space… It's much easier just to reflag a ship under some nondescript nation that nobody would think was carrying arms and send it to Syria.feedback

Heather Nauert

Now when you see a test that took place on Sunday, you may think, goodness, that is not working, but that is not the case, and here's why: It can take a long, long time for sanctions to work. It can take a long time for a pressure campaign to work. It is not an overnight thing. It's not a big, sexy military operation. This is handled very, very differently.feedback

Zhao Tong

If China supports more radical economic sanctions that directly threaten the stability of the regime, then it is possible that North Korea becomes as hostile to China as to the United States.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

I have an executive order prepared that's ready to go to the President that would authorize me to stop doing trade, put sanctions on anybody that does trade with North Korea, and the President will consider that at the appropriate time once he gives the UN time to act. We believe we need to economically cut off North Korea while they do this action. If we don't get those additional sanctions at the UN, Trump will consider the already-drafted executive action.feedback

Vladimir Putin

We are telling them that we will not impose sanctions, which means you will live better, you will have more good and tasty food on the table, you will dress better, but the next step, they think, is an invitation to the cemetery. And they will never agree with this.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Clearly, it is impossible to solve the Korean Peninsula issue by sanctions and pressure ... We should not give in to emotions and push Pyongyang into a corner. As never before everyone should show restraint and refrain from steps leading to escalation and tensions.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

The United States is sending a strong message with this action that we will hold the entire Assad regime accountable for these blatant human rights violations in order to deter the spread of these types of barbaric chemical weapons.feedback

Linda Babcock

Women are penalized more than men for negotiating. People are less likely to like them; if they negotiate in a job interview, they are less likely to hire them. There are real social sanctions that occur when women initiate negotiations.feedback

Vipin Narang

That's where I think it's really impressive–the innovation by necessity that they've had. It's a country under sanctions. It's a country under threat.feedback

Sigal Mandelker

These actions send a clear message to those enriching themselves at the expense of the South Sudanese people that we will not let them exploit the U.S. financial system to move and hide the proceeds of their corruption. Treasury will forcefully respond to the atrocities ongoing in South Sudan by targeting those who abuse human rights, seek to derail the peace process and obstruct reconciliation in South Sudan.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Russia cannot accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. The North's nuclear provocations have violated UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. It is clear that it is impossible to solve the Korean Peninsula's problems by only sanctions and pressure. We should not succumb to emotions and drive North Korea into a corner. We call on all parties concerned to carefully look at this initiative that, in our view, offers a real way of decreasing tensions and step-by-step settlement.feedback

Vladimir Putin

It's a road to nowhere. Whipping up military hysteria this will lead to no good. It could cause a global catastrophe and an enormous loss of life. Resorting to just any sanctions in this situation is useless and inefficient. All of this can lead to a global planetary catastrophe and a great number of victims.feedback

Nikki Haley

The time has come to exhaust all diplomatic means to end this crisis, and that means quickly enacting the strongest possible measures here in the UN Security Council. Only the strongest sanctions will enable us to resolve this problem through diplomacy. We have kicked the can down the road long enough. There is no more road left.feedback

Nancy Soderberg

Let the sanctions bite, see if you can really make the North Koreans feel the squeeze and start trying to deny the funds that enable him to build these weapons. We want to step back from the brink. she doesn't think those types of threats are helpful. I don't think it was wise for the president to extemporaneously threaten nuclear war with North Korea. That's just ramping up the tensions on all sides and dividing a wedge with our allies in South Korea and Japan.feedback

Rob Wood - Bank of America

We look forward to working with our partners in the (UN Security) Council with regard to a new resolution that will put some of the strongest sanctions possible on the DPRK. Advances in the regime's nuclear and missile programme are a threat to us all ... now is the time to say tests, threats and destabilising actions will no longer be tolerated. It can no longer be business as usual with this regime.feedback

Nikki Haley

If you look at North Korea now, the reasons we're pushing for so many sanctions – do we think more sanctions are going to work on North Korea? Not necessarily. But what does it do? It cuts off the revenue that allows them to build ballistic missiles.feedback

Nikki Haley

Just last month, when the United States imposed new sanctions in response to Iranian missile launches, Iran's leaders threatened once again to leave the JCPOA. This arrogant threat tells us one thing – Iran's leaders want to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage to its bad behavior.feedback

Angela Merkel

North Korea's nuclear tests are a flagrant violation of all international conditions.feedback

Nicholas Burns

To look at companies, Chinese companies, that are cheating on the current international sanctions and make examples of them – that's probably going to be a more fruitful way to go forward.feedback

Angela Merkel

I say clearly and in the name of the whole government: there can only be a peaceful, diplomatic solution.feedback

Mark Dubowitz

This lays the groundwork for the president to decertify the deal if he chooses to do so but it doesn't necessarily follow that Congress will reinstate the J.C.P.O.A. sanctions.feedback

Geng Shuang

What is definitely unacceptable to us is that on the one hand we work so hard to peacefully resolve this issue [of North Korea's nuclear weapons development], but on the other hand our own interests are subject to sanctions and jeopardized. This is neither objective nor fair.feedback

Jang Kyoung-soo

We have continued to see signs of possibly more ballistic missile launches. We also forecast North Korea could fire an intercontinental ballistic missile.feedback

Vassily Nebenzia - United Nations

An "urgent need to maintain a cool head and refrain from any action that can escalate tensions. A comprehensive settlement to the nuclear and other issues plaguing the Korean peninsula can be arrived at solely through political diplomatic channels, including by leveraging the mediation efforts of the United Nations secretary-general.feedback

Boris Johnson

We have to consider how to respond and it's our view in the UK, overwhelmingly that peaceful, diplomatic means are the best and we think the sanctions route still holds potential. China is responsible for 90 per cent of North Korea's trade and North Korea only has six months of oil supplies left. There is scope to continue to put pressure on the regime.feedback

Arkady Dvorkovich

My assessment is that U.S. sanctions eventually bring more harm to Europe than to Russia, also as a result of our counter-sanctions that create burden costs for the European economy. We aren't happy about it but we had to react and Europe is suffering from that.feedback

Sean Callow - Westpac Banking

Markets continue to treat each North Korean escalation as being the same as the previous instance, buying the yen, Swiss franc, treasuries and gold while selling the Aussie dollar - but not on a large scale. Assuming the worst on the Korean peninsula has not proven to be a winning trading strategy this year. Investors seem reluctant to price in anything more severe than trade sanctions, and the absence of another 'fire and fury' Trump tweet has helped encourage markets to respond warily.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

If China decides to cut off that vital supply of crude oil going to North Korea, there will be an immediate and pretty costly impact on the economy.feedback

Hua Chunying

On the one hand, sanctions have continued to be put in place via resolutions and on the other hand North Korea's nuclear and missile launch process is still continuing.feedback

Jean-Claude Juncker - European Commission

We are ready: We must defend our economic interests vis a vis the United States, and we will do that.feedback

Park Su-hyun

Both heads of state agreed to cooperate closely with each other and the United States and shared the understanding there must be the most powerful sanctions and pressure applied on North Korea.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

We will give a tough response to those things that hurt us absolutely without rhyme or reason, and which are dictated only by the desire to spoil our relations with the US. I would like to point out it was not us who initiated this exchange of sanctions, but the (Barack) Obama administration. They sought to rupture Russian-US relations and prevent US President Donald Trump from putting forward any constructive proposals.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I was asked if there were any diplomatic efforts left, and I said, of course,' . Diplomatic can include economic sanctions, United Nations, not just talking – it didn't contradict anything the president said. We're not talking to the North Koreans right now. I can't help people who misinterpret things. I'll do my best to call it like I see it, but right now if I say 'six' and the president says 'half-a-dozen,' they're gonna say I disagree with him.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Diplomatic' can include economic sanctions, United Nations sanctions, it's not just talking. I didn't contradict anything the President said. We're not talking to the North Koreans right now. We're working diplomatically with Secretary (of State Rex) Tillerson in the lead, and I maintain behind that military options for the President, to back up the diplomacy. But we're not done with diplomacy. We knew within minutes where it was going.feedback

Hua Chunying

We think it is regrettable that some countries selectively overlook the relevant Security Council resolutions' demand to advance dialogue, and stubbornly emphasize pressure and sanctions.feedback

Hua Chunying

The Japanese side, in disregard of China's stern stance, goes so far as to follow some countries to impose unilateral sanctions on the Chinese enterprises and individuals. We are strongly dissatisfied with and firmly opposed to this. The past has proven that pressure and sanction only will not fundamentally settle the issue. We believe that only by addressing the legitimate security concerns of all parties in a balanced way can the intricate and complicated Peninsula issue be peacefully resolved and the vicious cycle of more sanctions followed by more missile tests be fundamentally cut off.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

A very tough economic sanctions regime is the best chance of resolving this without conflict.feedback

Victor Cha

Sanctions are the most maligned tool of diplomacy. Everybody says sanctions don't work until they work …when North Korea comes back to the table that will tell us that sanctions have worked. But no one will admit that because then they'll focus on the negotiation.feedback

Anwita Basu

China refuses to agree on enemy sanctions because they don't want to destabilize North Korea and rightly so, because you don't know what you're dealing with.feedback

Nancy Pelosi

President Trump's kowtowing to Vladimir Putin is endangering our national security and emboldening a dangerous tyrant. What do the Russians have on President Trump that he would flirt with lifting sanctions and weakening NATO?feedback

Angela Merkel

Ukraine does not have full sovereignty. I am working together with the French President and also with the help of the United States on finding solutions (for the Ukraine crisis) within the Normandy format. We just made clear in our joint statement released yesterday that the observance of the ceasefire agreement is of the utmost importance. If the Minsk agreement is kept, then the requirement will be met for lifting the sanctions on Russia.feedback

Angela Merkel

I am not the one who decides on the euro exchange rate. If the euro zone is very low then it is easier for German exporters to place their products on the global market – every change in the euro exchange rate has an impact on our ability to export and of course puts new pressure on our competitiveness. I personally don't see the trade surplus per se as so dramatic… and if the trade surplus goes down now, it is part of things that we don't have any influence on at all.feedback

Hua Chunying

The present problem in Venezuela should be resolved by the Venezuelan government and people themselves. Outside interference or unilateral sanctions will make the situation even more complicated and will not help resolve the actual problem.feedback

Bruce Klingner

It has turned a blind eye to North Korea's violations and proliferation occurring on Chinese soil. They certainly would know some of the illicit activity that's occurring in China on behalf of North Korea's prohibited nuclear and missile program.feedback

Scott Seaman - Eurasia Group

It might also have been planned to occur when Pyongyang assumes that Trump's team is preoccupied with Hurricane Harvey.feedback

Bruce Klingner

It's long past time to increase sanctions. It really is counter-intuitive that we don't have stronger sanctions on North Korea than on Iran, but the opposite has been true.feedback

Mark Green

The timing of my visit shows the importance the U.S. attaches to our relationship with Sudan during this very important sanctions review period. We will be closely watching for sustained progress.feedback

Steven Koutsis

What we want to ensure is, while we are trying to get the regime to change its ways, that the people of Sudan are not suffering because of that.feedback

Eric Olhats

Griezmann didn't feel able to leave Atletico. He's been integral to them and has shown his commitment to the club at a time when they couldn't sign players. Without the Fifa sanctions he would have gone.feedback

Toby Iles - Fitch

There's never been a problem with [this system], but it's a high stakes system.feedback

Yassine Jaber

It is definitely toned down compared to the one we saw when we were there, so obviously our arguments have been taken into consideration ... It is more targeted.feedback

Mathias Angonin - Moody's

So far Lebanese authorities have been successful in limiting the fallout of U.S. sanctions on Lebanese banks.feedback

Jorge Arreaza

These financial sanctions announced today are the worst aggressions to Venezuela in the last 200 years maybe. ... Maybe after the Spanish empire was defeated by our liberators. What do they want? They want to starve the Venezuelan people.feedback

Nicolas Maduro

We'll have to endure sacrifices but we must safeguard the country and sovereign motherland in order to break the blockade.feedback

Angel Alvarado

These sanctions are not against Venezuela, but rather the corrupt people who seek to sell the nation's assets at a discount.feedback

John Glaser - Cato Institute

He's given strong indications that he's just not going to recertify it. If we were to leave the deal or deliberately abrogate it, we'd be isolated internationally and we wouldn't be able to do anything like reapply sanctions that would do any kind of damage on Iran. That's because the rest of the international community would not sort of play along.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Nicolas Maduro has financed his regime by hollowing out Venezuela through economic mismanagement, corruption and the assumption of onerous debt. Maduro may no longer take advantage of the American financial system to facilitate the wholesale looting of the Venezuelan economy at the expense of the Venezuelan people. I think what the president is very clear on is the existing situation is unacceptable and if they restore the proper democratic processes, we'll react to that appropriately. This is not about changing leadership per se, this is about restoring the democratic process and rule of law.feedback

Sarah Huckabee Sanders

The Maduro dictatorship continues to deprive the Venezuelan people of food and medicine, imprison the democratically-elected opposition, and violently suppress freedom of speech. The regime's decision to create an illegitimate Constituent Assembly – and most recently to have that body usurp the powers of the democratically-elected National Assembly – represents a fundamental break in Venezuela's legitimate constitutional order.feedback

Caroline Bain

China's 'carrot-and-stick' approach to North Korea is well documented. China has also banned imports at times to register its displeasure at North Korea's military aggression, only for trade to quietly resume after a cooling-off period.feedback

Jiro Ishimaru

In an ordinary country, there would be riots over the food shortages, but not in North Korea.feedback

Jiro Ishimaru

For one thing, there are too many soldiers to feed, and corruption is rife, so that by the time senior military officers have taken their share of food provisions to sell for profit on the private market, there is next to nothing left for ordinary soldiers.feedback

Wei Jianguo

If Trump initiates sanctions against China, especially the Section 301 investigation, it would be like killing 10,000 enemies at the cost of losing 8,000 of its own troops. It's really unnecessary, and it would cause grave losses to both sides.feedback

Chris Van Hollen

You've seen a series of administrations, Republicans and Democrats, who believed that China would cooperate when it came to applying economic pressure to North Korea. We have to move from quiet requests for cooperation to very clear demands that China enforce these sanctions that it signed up for.feedback

William Browder - Heritage Capital

The continued efforts of Putin to abuse Interpol to retaliate against the campaign for Magnitsky sanctions shows how much these sanctions truly touch Putin's Achilles heel - his offshore money.feedback

Jiro Ishimaru

The drought, combined with sanctions, will take the North Korean economy in a dangerous direction by next spring. This is a time of real hardship for ordinary people.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Treasury will continue to increase pressure on North Korea by targeting those who support the advancement of nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and isolating them from the American financial system. It is unacceptable for individuals and companies in China, Russia, and elsewhere to enable North Korea to generate income used to develop weapons of mass destruction and destabilize the region. We are taking actions consistent with UN sanctions to show that there are consequences for defying sanctions and providing support to North Korea, and to deter this activity in the future.feedback

Kiran Kowshik - UniCredit Research

For the peso, the market had largely priced out any risk of trade protectionism, which is why you have seen a very strong rally (this year). But with Trump up against the wall, finding it tough to do anything on the likes of tax reform, he is looking for other things to do. So you've seen sanctions against companies in Russia, and now there is more hardline rhetoric on the trade side.feedback

Channing D. Phillips

These complaints show our determination to stop North Korean sanctioned banks and their foreign financial facilitators from aiding North Korea in illegally accessing the United States financial system to obtain goods and services in the global market place. According to the complaints, these front companies are supporting sanctioned North Korean entities, including North Korean military and North Korean weapons programs. Working with our law enforcement partners, we will vigorously enforce vital sanctions laws.feedback

Hua Chunying

China especially opposes any country conducting 'long-arm jurisdiction' over Chinese entities and individuals. Measures taken by the United States are not helpful in solving the problem and unhelpful to mutual trust and cooperation. We ask the United States to stop the relevant wrong practices immediately.feedback

Chen Weihua

The U.S. has long believed that sanctions are a silver bullet. But its past track records have shown that the majority of sanctions not only failed but caused humanitarian disasters in other countries.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

Chinese and Russian companies are violating U.S. law and in some instances, they are violating the UN sanctions that they voted for. We need to ask whether these two countries are actually partners here. From my experience, the Chinese are more interested in negotiating a freeze of North Korea's program versus getting to an actual solution.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

The Chinese government will not sit by and do nothing if the sanctions are implemented without strong evidence.feedback

Lu Chao

China is strictly implementing the U.N. resolution. Though we can't 100 percent exclude the possibility of individuals having underground deals violating the Ministry of Commerce's regulations, the United States being so far away doesn't have a proper reason to take sanction measures unilaterally. They should inform the Chinese government and let the latter deal with it.feedback

Yang Xiyu

I think this shows the frustration from the U.S toward Beijing, that China cannot to play as the U.S wanted. It's a superfluous measure that may only worsen the Sino-U.S. relationship and destroy the foundation of trust for cooperation between the two countries.feedback

Anthony Ruggiero

The sanctions target a range of North Korea's illicit activities and the focus on Chinese facilitators is another message to Beijing. However, there are missing elements. There's no focus on the efforts of Chinese banks that facilitate these transactions. In addition, these Chinese networks likely have additional front companies operating on behalf of the network and those were not sanctioned.feedback

Debbie Yow

These actions are not regarding allegations of sexual assault. We reserve the right to impose additional sanctions if new violations are discovered. Should any student-athlete be charged with sexual misconduct by legal authorities, he will immediately be suspended from the team. That said, it is extremely important to respect due process for the student-athletes.feedback

Derek Scissors

It's about the final choices on do we go forward with these very difficult sanctions on the Chinese or do we look to make a tradeoff on a security issue, and Bannon would have been in the first camp.feedback

Hassan Rouhani

In recent months, the world has witnessed that the US, in addition to its constant and repetitive breaking of its promises in the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the nuclear deal], has ignored several other global agreements and shown its allies that the US is neither a good partner nor a reliable negotiating party. The full implementation of the nuclear deal benefits the EU and the region; therefore, it is necessary that the EU increases its efforts and role in this regard.feedback

Sergey Lavrov

I think unilateral sanctions ... are irresponsible actions that can hurt and undermine the balance achieved.feedback

Zhang Xuebai

I think it is very likely that I need to return my truckload of seafood back to North Korea – and what's worse, they won't give my money back. I will probably lose about $45,000. For other businessmen who have more goods stuck there, they can lose $150,000.feedback

Chang An

I have a truck with 30 tons of frozen squid that is still stuck on that bridge. My truck has done the export paperwork with the North Korean customs. How am I going to return the goods? There is no way to return it, and I'm going to lose over $75,000.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The past history of the North Korean nuclear problem showed that a clue to resolving the problem was found when sanctions were combined with dialogue.feedback

Timothy Ash

Russia faces the codification of sanctions which suggests they will be hellishly difficult to take off and are likely to remain in place for the very long term. The mere fact that the U.S. and Western governments ... saw fit to levy sanctions on Russia sends at the least an amber light to Western business –- be careful in your dealings with Russia.feedback

Maxim Sokolov

It's clear that the USA's toughening of the sanctions regime right now will hardly make the investment climate for this asset more attractive on international financial markets.feedback

Michael Tran - RBC Capital Markets

The realignment of trade flows to push Venezuelan crude to Asia...would entail substantial logistical challenges that would on the margin be bullish (for) sour crude markets, but not necessarily sustainably bullish (for) crude prices.feedback

Moon Jae-in

The purpose of strong sanctions and pressure against North Korea is to bring it to the negotiating table, not to raise military tensions.feedback

Jessica Bartlett - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The areas on which the regulators choose to focus, the pace with which they move and the amount of fines they levy are affected by the US political climate. The targeting of Bank of Dandong probably came out of a criminal complaint and forfeiture action filed by the US Department of Justice against Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development (DHID), and its majority owner, Ma Xiaohang and three top executives last year. In these situations, it is common the authorities start with one act of wrongdoing, and then use that to explore the situation further.feedback

Jessica Bartlett - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

It not entirely clear to me that FinCEN's action represents anything like a policy change or reaction to recent North Korean activities and might represent the gradual tightening of sanctions on North Korea that started under Obama.feedback

Jessica Bartlett - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

If secondary sanctions were brought in against Chinese banks, they may have little choice but to comply. US regulators have the ultimate weapon of forbidding a bank from clearing US dollars, and since the vast amount of trade is conducted in dollars that would make it near impossible for many Chinese banks to do business. As such, any bank that relies on doing business in US dollars who breaches US sanctions would have no choice but to pay the penalty in fines.feedback

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah

The American administration, with all available and possible means, will not be able to damage the strength of the resistance.feedback

Hassan Nasrallah - Hezbollah

The Assad regime is here to stay, his army is here to stay, this Syrian state and its institutions are here to stay…President Bashar Assad is here to stay.feedback

Chris Van Hollen

We say to China, You have a choice whether you do business with North Korea or you do business with the U.S. but you can't do both.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Our response is we are prepared militarily to deal with this if necessary. But we're taking all possible actions short of military action to resolve this very grave threat to the United States and the world. And that includes a very, a very determined diplomatic effort led by our Secretary of State. And it also includes increasing sanctions, increasing pressure on the north, to convince Kim Jong Un that this is not in his interests to continue this path of provocation and escalatory actions.feedback

Philip Wen - Reuters

The Chinese border towns offer the closest view you can get of North Korea if you can't get into the country itself. This is the perfect first point of reference to view the impact of sanctions.feedback

Andrew Gilhom

The decision by the Chinese to sign up to UN sanctions on Saturday was a trade off to prevent secondary sanctions being imposed by the US on large Chinese corporates or banks.feedback

Yun Sun

The Chinese operate from the conviction that China remains and will always be the No. 1 strategic threat to the U.S., so the issue of North Korea will be used against China – through sanctions, provocations and everything else.feedback

Steven Mnuchin

Yesterday's illegitimate elections confirm that Maduro is a dictator who disregards the will of the Venezuelan people. By sanctioning Maduro, the United States makes clear our opposition to the politics of his regime and our support for the people of Venezuela who seek to return their country to a full and prosperous democracy.feedback

Vladimir Putin

Over 1,000 employees – diplomats and technical workers – worked and continue to work today in Russia; 755 will have to stop this activity. We waited for quite some time that maybe something would change for the better, fueled such a hope that the situation would somehow change. But, judging by everything, if it changes, it will not be soon.feedback

David Cohen

Imposing secondary sanctions would send a strong message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the financial noose is tightening in a way that could drive a wedge between Kim and the Pyongyang elite critical to his continued hold on power.feedback

Cheng Xiaohe

The U.S. is not on board, but that disagreement is negotiable. The main obstacle is North Korea. It has said clearly, before and after the new U.N. sanctions, that its nuclear weapons program is not a bargaining chip to exchange for any deals or benefits. It's not negotiable. Then if this isn't negotiable, the dual suspension plan is no longer an interesting game to play.feedback

Nihat Zeybekci

It is no concern to Turkey if Caglayan acted against interests of other countries.feedback

Jack Reed

The President's 'fire and fury' ad lib was not helpful. Defusing the North Korea threat will take smart, steady leadership and stronger diplomatic ties with our key allies. North Korea is isolated and will face further consequences from the international community for their destabilizing actions. Sanctions on the regime will continue to tighten and the U.S. and international community must work together to strategically apply pressure on North Korea at every point necessary to neutralize this threat.feedback

Marco Rubio

I support the president sanctioning these corrupt Maduro regime officials. The time has now come for the president to act on his promise to impose significant economic sanctions on the illegitimate Maduro dictatorship.feedback

Sarah Sanders

General Kelly and others on the NSC team were well aware of the tone of the statement of the president prior to delivery. The words were his own. The tone and strength of the message were discussed beforehand. They were clear the president was going to respond to North Korea's threats following the sanctions with a strong message in no uncertain terms.feedback

Bob Corker

They can count. They understand math. I just can't imagine they're considering doing so.feedback

Bill English

When a situation is so tense and I think, you're seeing reaction from North Korea, that indicates that kind of comment is more likely to escalate than to settle things. Everyone wants to avoid military confrontation and the path ahead there is for North Korea to comply with the UN sanctions and for international pressure to push them in that direction.feedback

Peter Jennings

In the short term, the Americans will wait and see if the latest sanctions change North Korea's behavior. The problem with Trump's comments is there is no strategy behind them. His remarks don't reflect a carefully thought plan and don't reflect discussions with allies, it just adds more risk to an already risky situation.feedback

Moon Sang-gyun

North Korea should realize if it doesn't stop its … provocations, it will face even stronger pressure and sanctions. We warn North Korea not to test or misunderstand the will of the South Korea-U.S. alliance.feedback

Richard Nephew

With North Korea, even if you take away $1 billion, I think the North Korean regime still feels pretty good about having $3 billion because they're not trying to make their population happy and satisfied in the same way that even Iran is. The problem with sanctions evasion with North Korea is every single small slip-up, every $5 million transaction, every $50 million transaction, is more meaningful to the North Koreans than maybe $1 billion was to the Iranians. This is why evasion with North Korea is even more dangerous.feedback

Scott A. Snyder - Council on Foreign Relations

Those restrictions are already pretty strong but there's an additional effort on that front.feedback

Scott A. Snyder - Council on Foreign Relations

By definition what we don't know is what is not reported. People who go to Pyongyang and ask themselves the question: 'Gosh, it seems like there's a lot of liquidity here. Where is the capital coming from?' I think part of the answer to that question is that not everything that goes into North Korea is officially recorded.feedback

Richard Nephew

They can do the same things that they were doing before. They will continue to try and send cargoes abroad. They'll continue to try and engage in financial transactions. They'll continue to try and sell their goods. And to some extent, they'll find new goods to sell. When you find that you can't sell coal anymore, what that means is you're going to double-down on manufacturing clothing, or something like that. Because that's not yet prohibited.feedback

Scott A. Snyder - Council on Foreign Relations

Even if Chinese customs and border officials were extraordinarily scrupulous in doing their jobs, is it plausible to imagine that shady Chinese actors who are willing to circumvent Chinese regulations would not continue to engage with North Korean actors given the likelihood that the risk, and therefore the profit margins, would be even higher?feedback

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