President Donald Trump’s controversial handling of North Korea has reportedly led to international action, as 20 other nations have decided they need to curb the regime’s dangerous operations.

Wall Street Journal report revealed that due to pressure exerted by the United States, these nations are working diplomatically to stop North Korea and its nuclear progress.

Under Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s guidance, State Department officials crafted a list of North Korean interests, with the intention of diplomatically targeting military, political and economic sectors of the regime.

The list included relationships with other nations, vessels, diplomatic missions and even policies which allow North Koreans to work temporarily in other nations. In September, Reuters reported that North Korea had been using Fiji’s national flag on multiple shipping vessels in an attempt to avoid U.N. sanctions.

According to Business Standard, Germany closed a Berlin-based hostel earlier this year after it was discovered that the location was sending money to the Kim regime.

Trump has also applied unique pressure to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un through Twitter.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump wrote, adding that it “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”

 

 

On Oct. 1, Italy became the latest country to expel its North Korean ambassadors. Mexico, Kuwait, Spain and Peru have taken similar actions.

These nations made their decision after U.S. officials revealed that North Korea was using its embassies to smuggle goods and possibly weapon components.

U.S. officials have also encouraged countries to close North Korean businesses and reject the nation’s Air Koryo airline, as well as to remove the nation’s ships from registries.

Earlier this year, officials worked to ensure North Korea couldn’t meet with other nations during the Southeast Asian Nations Summit.

Trump told reporters on Thursday that “this might be the calm before the storm,” though he refused to elaborate on his statement when asked for clarification .

“You’ll find out,” he said Friday in regard to the meaning of his previous statement, according to The Hill.