President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday freezing the imposition of new North Korean sanctions against the country’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
The order is a reversal of Obama’s executive order last month that called for a review of the U.S. sanctions regime in the aftermath of the North’s latest ballistic missile launch.
“This freeze was meant to be permanent,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the order during a briefing with reporters.
Trump has long criticized the North Korean government for its continued missile tests and for its repeated provocations.
North Korea is widely believed to have the most advanced and advanced nuclear weapons on Earth, including the ability to reach all of the United States.
On Tuesday, the Trump administration released a list of 28 countries, including China, Iran and Russia, it considers to be members of the International Criminal Court.
It includes North Korea, which has been on the list for more than a year.
Despite the Trump Administration’s new sanctions, Trump still has a way to go in imposing new sanctions on the North.
But Sanders noted that the order is also a measure that was put in place to put pressure on China, which President Xi Jinping has been trying to crack down on.