Trump Designates North Korea as 'State Sponsor of Terror'

Trump Designates North Korea as 'State Sponsor of Terror'

Trump Designates North Korea as 'State Sponsor of Terror'

It was removed under George W. Bush's presidency as part of a diplomatic deal for North Korea to allow inspection of its Yongbyon nuclear facility, as well as dismantle a plutonium plant-neither of which were done. At the start of a meeting of the US Cabinet in the White House, Trump accused the DPRK administration of sponsoring 'acts of International Terrorism.' This decision was produced one week after the return of the US President from his Asian tour to five countries: Japan, Republic of South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

"The North Korean regime must be lawful and end its unlawful nuclear ballistic missile development and cease all support for worldwide terrorism, which it is not doing".

"In addition to threatening the world with nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of worldwide terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil".

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

"In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea repeatedly supported acts of global terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil", Trump said.

White House officials telegraphed the move before Trump's departure.

Specifically, Klingner cites recent cyberattacks against US and South Korean targets, including the 2014 attack against Sony Pictures for producing a film critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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In any case, it will do little to open the way for US dialogue with North Korea, which China and others have been pushing for.

"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. 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.

The North Korean newspaper then warned Mr Trump not to meddle in North Korean affairs following the recent escalation in tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.

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.

The move is meant to curb Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, but Mike Fuchs, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, tells Bustle that the designation is a "step backward" and will make diplomacy with North Korea more hard.

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

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