But he says, "I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!".
In a tweet on Friday, Mr Trump referred to "additional large-scale sanctions" by the US Treasury that had been added to already existing restrictions.
Kim's government declared after a February nuclear summit that talks would discontinue with the USA if Trump refused a demand for sanctions relief. On Thursday, the Treasury Department announced that the administration was taking action to punish two Chinese shipping companies accused of helping Pyongyang evade worldwide trade sanctions on Kim Jong Un's government.
Several White House officials told CNN they were confused by Trump's tweet and were unsure what he was referring to.
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Just hours after the announcement, North Korea withdrew from the inter-Korean liaison office.
Trump's national security adviser John Bolton had described that step as "Important" action, tweeting, "The maritime industry must do more to stop North Korea's illicit shipping practices". The country is still one of the most closed societies in the world that continues to deny basic freedoms, run political prison camps and strict surveillance of its citizens, the United Nations human rights investigator said on March 8.
The Treasury Department sanctioned Dalian Haibo International Freight Co. 'Everyone should take notice and review their own activities to ensure they are not involved in North Korea's sanctions evasion'.
The two Chinese companies were accused of helping North Korea duck sanctions now in place.
The Treasury Department, in coordination with the State Department and the U.S. Coast Guard, also updated a North Korea shipping advisory, adding dozens of vessels thought to be doing ship-to-ship transfers with North Korean tankers or exported North Korean coal in violation of sanctions.