Trump Can’t Stop Trade With North Korea. But He Does Have Options.

SHANGHAI — President Trump said on Sunday that the United States could consider stopping all trade with countries doing business in North Korea, in a move that could spell economic catastrophe for the pugnacious country.

One problem: It would mean economic disaster for the United States as well.

Despite years of economic sanctions and international condemnation, North Korea still conducts modest trade with a host of United States allies, including Brazil, Germany and Mexico.

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