Trump to re-designate North Korea as terrorism sponsor

Trump to re-designate North Korea as terrorism sponsor

President Donald Trump announced Monday that the USA will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

North Korea's state-run Minju Joson newspaper ran an editorial which said: "A load of rubbish spouted by the old lunatic Trump during his recent visit to South Korea was a total nonsense and paradox so far". Several times, the DPRK has repeated it will preserve as self defense its nuclear arsenal as a response to the American hostility and its systematical maneuvers. North Korea's state media said Kim inspected a hydrogen bomb. In mid-October, Trump turned down any diplomatic approach towards the DPRK in a message on his Twitter account.

The Republican president, who has traded personal insults with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but has not ruled out talks, said the Treasury Department will announce more sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

"While global attention has been on nuclear weapons and missiles, we must not lose sight of North Korea's terrorist acts and gross violations of human rights", Klingner says.

GETTYThe regime has fired missiles over Japan and dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons programme
GETTYThe regime has fired missiles over Japan and dramatically accelerated its nuclear weapons programme

Some experts, as well as USA officials speaking privately, believe North Korea does not meet the criteria for the designation, which requires evidence that a state has "repeatedly provided support for acts of global terrorism".

"The regime has made numerous lethal incursions in South Korea, attempted to assassinate senior leaders, attacked South Korean ships and tortured Otto Warmbier, ultimately leading to that fine young man's death", Trump said.

Under sanctions legislation signed by Trump in August, the State Department was required to report to Congress earlier this month whether it will re-designate North Korea.

In February, Kim's potential rival and elder brother Kim Jong-Nam died after he was sprayed with a nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur airport, in an assassination blamed on Pyongyang. "The regime also continues its push to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, threatening global security", Royce added. Currently, the only countries on the list are Iran, Syria and Sudan. A country must "repeatedly provided support for acts of global terrorism" to get the label from the USA government. That's when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

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North Korea said last week that it has no intention of ending its nuclear program, North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Han Tae-song.

Adding them back to the list will also increase the effectiveness of sanctions, he added.

"The North Korean regime must be lawful", the president declared.

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