Trump to re-designate North Korea as terrorism sponsor

Jerome Frank
November 21, 2017

President Trump said Monday he will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, a move created to further isolate the rouge nation for its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

North Korea was taken off the US list of state sponsors of terror in 2008 during nuclear negotiations with the George W. Bush administration.

Trump's announcement came before a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

Trump said new sanctions announced over the coming weeks, including Tuesday by the Treasury Department, will bring United States sanctions against Pyongyang to their highest level ever. 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.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism is part of a push to continue "to turn the pressure up". Last October 22, Trump told Fox News that his country is completely prepared to answer what he considered threats coming from the DPRK.

United States officials involved in the internal deliberations said there was no debate over whether the February killing of Kim's half brother Kim Jong Nam was a terrorist act. While putting more pressure on North Korea to back down, the administration's measure might just be one step further towards military intervention.

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Bush made a decision to remove North Korea from the list as part of a bid to save a nuclear deal with the country.

'As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the USA and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations, ' 'Our country plans ultimate completion of the nuclear force'. It has fired two missiles over Japan and on September 3 fired its sixth and largest nuclear test. The North has not been publicly implicated in a terror attack of that scale since.

Trump warned that, in addition to the terror designation, Washington is preparing yet another round of sanctions to force Pyongyang to give up its nuclear missile program. With Iran, Sudan, and Syria also being on the list administered by the State Department, exactly what does being a state sponsor of terror mean? A country must "repeatedly provided support for acts of worldwide terrorism" to get the label from the U.S. government. But the administration of former President George W. Bush, a Republican, removed Pyongyang in 2008 in exchange for progress in denuclearization talks. North Korea's state media said Kim inspected a hydrogen bomb.

Kim's government insists it will defy worldwide sanctions to develop a capability it believes is essential to defending itself from the threat of US and South Korean invasion.

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

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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