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Trump imposes more sanctions on N Korea;, warns of phase 2 

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Saturday warned that he will go with phase two sanctions on North Korea if the first one won’t work, which will be very unfortunate for the world.

Earlier, he had imposed the “heaviest-ever” sanctions on North Korea’s shipping companies in a bid to prevent the reclusive nation from acquiring nuclear weapons and developing intercontinental ballistic missiles.

“If the sanctions don’t work, we’ll have to go phase two. And phase two may be a very rough thing. May be very, very unfortunate for the world,” Trump told reporters at a joint news conference with the visiting Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

However, he hoped that the sanctions will work.

“We have tremendous support all around the world for what we’re doing. It really is a rogue nation,” he said.

“If we can make a deal, it’ll be a great thing. If we can’t, something will have to happen. So we’ll see,” the US President said responding to a question on North Korea.

Earlier, the Trump Administration announced a series of sanctions – the largest so far – against the authoritarian North Korean regime.

“North Korea—we imposed today the heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before,” Trump said in his remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“Frankly, hopefully something positive can happen. We will see,” he hoped.

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