Tuesday, September 12, 2017

U.S. Treasury Secretary ready to push China closer to ending dollar hegemony with threats of cutting them off from SWIFT

In an interview on CNBC on Sept. 12, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin threatened to push China into accelerating their plans to end dollar hegemony by stating that if they do not fully follow new U.N. sanctions placed upon North Korea, then his office was ready to cut the Far East economy off from the SWIFT system.

China is believed to be currently preparing for the ending of the Petrodollar and uni-polar reserve currency system, and any potential threat by the U.S. on them and their financial system could very quickly force China into implementing this 'nuclear option' much sooner than later.

In an unexpectedly strong diplomatic escalation, one day after China agreed to vote alongside the US (and Russia) during Monday's United National Security Council vote in passing the watered down North Korea sanctions, the US warned that if China were to violate or fail to comply with the newly imposed sanctions against Kim's regime, it could cut off Beijing’s access to both the US financial system as well as the "international dollar system." 
Speaking at CNBC's Delivering Alpha conference on Tuesday, Steven Mnuchin said that China had agreed to "historic" North Korean sanctions during Monday's United Nations vote. "We worked very closely with the U.N.  I'm very pleased with the resolution that was just passed.  This is some of the strongest items.  We now have more tools in our toolbox, and we will continue to use them and put additional sanctions on North Korea until they stop this behavior." 
In response, Andrew Ross Sorkin countered that "we haven't been able to move the needle on China, which seems to be the real mover on this, in terms of being able to apply the real pressure. What do you think the issue is?  What is the problem?" 
The stunner was revealed in Mnuchin's answer: "I think we have absolutely moved the needle on China.  I think what they agreed to yesterday was historic.  I'd also say I put sanctions on a major Chinese bank.  That's the first time that's ever been done.  And if China doesn't follow these sanctions, we will put additional sanctions on them and prevent them from accessing the U.S. and international dollar system.  And that's quite meaningful." - Zerohedge
This strong language by the Treasury Secretary appear to be in line with the President's recent threats to sanction anyone who willingly trades with North Korea, or aids them in any capacity outside what has been outlined by U.N. resolutions.

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