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Trump says fresh North Korea sanctions 'nothing' compared to what needs to happen

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump takes a question while holding a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that fresh sanctions on North Korea approved by the U.N. Security Council were just a small step and “nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.”

“We think it’s just another very small step, not a big deal,” Trump told reporters in reference to the sanctions approved on Monday. “I don’t know if it has any impact, but certainly it was nice to get a 15 to nothing vote. But those sanctions are nothing compared to what ultimately will have to happen.”

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Tim Ahmann