US President Donald Trump stated that Pyongyang appeared to be «sincere» in its willingness to halt nuclear tests if it participates in de-nuclearisation talks with US officials. Trump made the statement at a press conference alongside Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven in Washington D.C. on Tuesday. Trump noted that sanctions imposed against North Korea, which he called «very strong» and... Еще «very binding» may have played a role. He said, «I think they're sincere also because of the sanctions and what we're doing with respect to North Korea, including the great help that we've been given from China.» On Monday, Washington imposed new anti-Pyongyang sanctions, after it formally determined its involvement in the murder of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, using a chemical warfare agent, a VX nerve agent. The fresh sanctions are the latest addition to punitive economic measures that Washington has taken against Pyongyang. The US president also threatened to impose new tariffs on EU cars amid concerns over a possible trade war. Trump said, «They make it almost impossible for us to do business with them, and yet they send their cars and everything else back into the United States. And they can do whatever they like, but if they do that, then we put a big tax of 25 percent on their cars, and believe me they won't be doing it very long. The European Union has not treated us well.» Last week, Trump announced his plan to implement new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, which if implemented would include 25 percent tariffs on steel and 10 percent tariffs on aluminum. Following Trump's announcement of the plan, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan urged the White House not to advance with the plan, while expressing concerns over the consequences of a potential trade war which may result from the proposal. Trump responded that he «won't back down,» while expressing confidence that his administration would win any potential trade war that may result from the newly proposed tariffs.