Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

USA to Redesignate North Korea as State Sponsor of Terror

USA to Redesignate North Korea as State Sponsor of Terror

North Korea was removed from the list (which includes Iran, Syria and Sudan) in 2008 in order to facilitate nuclear talks then taking place under the administration of President George W. Bush.

President Trump has added North Korea to the list of nations designated by the US government as state sponsors of terror - joining Sudan, Syria and Iran.

During Trump's 12-day Asia trip this month, the president issued a warning to North Korea while addressing the South Korean National Assembly. Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un have been engaged in an ongoing war of words for the past several months of its long-range missile tests and nuclear program.

Trump said that North Korea has "repeatedly" sponsored acts of terrorism, including "assassinations on foreign soil".

"Today the United States is designating the North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism".

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country.

Specifically, Klingner cites recent cyberattacks against USA and South Korean targets, including the 2014 attack against Sony Pictures for producing a film critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. It limits US foreign assistance, bans defense exports and sales, boost limits on exports of dual-use items and affects financial transactions, according to the State Department. He also mentions multiple North Korean assassinations and assassination plots, including the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim's half brother, who was poisoned earlier this year at a Malaysian airport.

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In response, a state-run North Korean newspaper called Trump an "old lunatic" on Sunday and derided his visit to South Korea as "nonsense".

"We've had the North Koreans on the state sponsor of terror before..."

At the request of Warmbier's family, six Democratic and six Republican senators later urged the State Department to consider reinstating North Korea to the list.

The White House has declared it will not tolerate Kim's regime testing or deploying an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to U.S. cities.

The North Korean commentary accused Mr Trump of committing a "hideous crime against the Korean people" by insulting its leader, and warning that this "thrice-cursed crime can never be pardoned".

A US intelligence official who follows developments in North Korea expressed concern that the move could backfire, especially given that the basis for the designation is arguable.

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