Donald Trump cancels some sanctions aimed at North Korea

President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un hold a meeting during the second US-North Korea summit at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi

Trump orders withdrawal of fresh North Korea-related sanctions announced earlier by US Treasury

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders did not specify which sanctions Trump spoke of, but said: "President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary".

"I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions", Trump tweeted.

The White House, however, defended Trump's decision.

Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un have met face to face twice, but left a summit in Vietnam last month without reaching a deal on denuclearization.

During a recent background briefing on North Korea, a senior administration official stressed that the maritime industry had to do "more" to stop North Korea's illicit shipping practices or risk further sanctions-based consequences by the United States.

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In emphasising how much Mr Trump "likes" Mr Kim, the White House statement appears created to rekindle their relationship amid concerns about Pyongyang's plans for North Korea's nuclear programme.

US President Donald Trumps, seated with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and National Security adviser John Bolton speaks during a meeting with the leaders of The Florida on Thursday.

A person familiar with the action told The Associated Press that Trump's tweet was not a reversal of existing sanctions, but that the president was talking about not going forward with additional large-scale sanctions on North Korea at this time.

President Trump said Friday that he has ordered the Treasury Department to halt plans for "additional large scale" sanctions against North Korea on the same day that Pyongyang abruptly announced its withdrawal from a liaison office aimed at easing tensions with South Korea.

Adam Schiff, a Democrat who heads the intelligence committee in the House of Representatives, blasted Mr Trump for cancelling sanctions "imposed only yesterday and championed by his own national security advisor, because he "loves" Kim". -North Korea relations had begun to sour. "Strategic Patience failed. Don't repeat it", he tweeted within hours of Trump's vague edict.

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And now, US analysts say North Korea appears to have restored normal operations at a long-range rocket launch site it had partially dismantled a year ago as part of its steps toward disarmament.

Gloria Borger, a CNN analyst, noted that Trump's decision Friday reflected similar chaos brought on by his announcement Thursday that the USA will recognize Israel as the rightful possessor of the contested Golan Heights region.

North Korea has demonstrated its frustration with the outcome of the summit.

Hours after the sanctions were announced Thursday, North Korea pulled its officials from an inter-Korean liaison office in its border city of Kaesong. One source believed Trump had conflated the sanctions that were still in the works with those announced by the Treasury Department on Thursday, as the latter were the subject of news reports on Friday. The other, Liaoning Danxing International Forwarding Co.

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