White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders explained the announcement by telling reporters "President Trump likes Chairman Kim and he doesn't think these sanctions will be necessary".
But he says, "I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!"
President Trump abruptly announced Friday that he was withdrawing sanctions on North Korea, immediately after his own Treasury Department imposed them. Ltd. for using deceptive methods to circumvent global and US sanctions and the USA commitment to implementing existing U.N. Security Council resolutions.
'There is no question that Trump is being played by Kim Jong Un-one of the world's most vicious dictators.
The Treasury Department announced on Thursday it would be imposing new sanctions against Pyongyang, further restricting the isolated, nuclear-armed state's options for worldwide trade. The State Department referred queries to the White House.
Trump has stressed his good personal relationship with Kim and his administration has stressed its willingness to reengage with North Korea. Those sanctions prompted swift pushback from the Chinese and North Korea governments.
Trump's own National Security Advisor John Bolton had praised the designations Thursday as "important actions", adding that American adversaries should "take notice" if they are doing business with Pyongyang.
The president's unusual move comes after his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, held last month in Hanoi, Vietnam.
North Korea has been the subject of a series of U.S. and worldwide sanctions over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons and missile tests. Ltd. on Thursday for using what it described as "deceptive methods" to circumvent both U.S and worldwide sanctions on North Korea.
More than two hours after the President's tweet announcing he would roll back newly imposed sanctions announced by the Treasury Department, administration officials involved in the sanctions actions are still waiting for guidance from the White House on the meaning of Trump's tweet and how to proceed.
While declining to say whether Washington was trying to send a post-summit message to Pyongyang with the sanctions, the official said Trump had "made clear that the door is wide open to continuing the dialogue with North Korea".