White House Issues ‘National Emergency with Respect to North Korea’

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The White House has just issued an alarming National Emergency Continuation regarding North Korea that has gone wholly unreported by the mainstream media.

On June 20, President Trump tweeted a foreboding statement about North Korea in his customary bluntness:

The tweet read, “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!”

Some have speculated that the President’s tweet seemed to embrace a chilling air of finality; as if the statement implied a throwing up of one’s arms to denote the last straw of the rogue country’s international defiance and persistent stupidity.

Lo and behold, on the following day of June 21, the White House issued a ‘Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to North Korea’ via the Office of the Press Secretary. While this emergency has been virtually ignored by the mainstream media, it cites the continuation of prior Executive Order 13466 in 2008, further expanded by four successive Executive Orders over the proceeding 8 years to “deal with the unusual and extraordinary threat…constituted by the existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material of the Korean Peninsula.”

The official White House document goes on to cite a laundry list of infractions and major violations perpetuated by North Korea that have increasingly justified either a continuation or expansion of the President’s assessment of the emergency level, including:

  • announced tests of nuclear devices and subsequent missile launches 
  • unprovoked attacks upon the Republic of Korea Navy ship Cheonan that resulted in the deaths of 46 sailors in 2010
  • repeated violations of United Nations Security Council Resolutions that include the procurement of luxury goods
  • illicit and deceptive activities in international markets to obtain financial support
  • money laundering and the counterfeiting of goods and currency
  • bulk cash smuggling and narcotics trafficking
  • destructive, coercive cyber-related actions 
  • the serious abuse of human rights

The document closes by referencing the five prior Executive Orders signed into law between 2008 and 2016, announcing that because the measures taken to deal with the emergency “must continue beyond June 26, 2017,” Trump is “continuing for 1 year the national emergency with respect to North Korea declared in Executive Order 13466.”