Trump to re-designate North Korea as terrorism sponsor

Casey Dawson
November 21, 2017

North Korea was removed from the list by President George W. Bush in 2008.

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

The question of whether Trump would reinstall North Korea to the list hung over the President's recent Asia trip.

"In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of worldwide terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of global terrorism are designated pursuant to three laws: section 6 (j) of the Export Administration Act, section 40 of the Arms Export Control Act, and section 620A of the Foreign Assistance Act.

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".

"This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime".

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"Should have happened years ago", Trump declared, announcing the designation at the start of a White House cabinet meeting.

In February, plans for talks in the United States between former US officials and North Korea were scrapped when the State Department denied a visa for a top envoy from Pyongyang after the murder of Kim's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, in Malaysia.

United States student Warmbier died this year, aged 22, after he was repatriated from detention in North Korea, already in a coma. 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.

The official added that the country "clearly fit the criteria for a state sponsor of terror in a previous administration".

"The Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction - and a large one - on North Korea", he said. "Putting them back on accomplishes nothing", Lt. Col. Eric C. Anderson, a retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer who spent most of his career focusing on North Korea, told Newsweek".

Thae was No. 2 in the North Korean embassy in London before he escaped with his wife and two sons, arriving in South Korea in 2016.

Gold prices rose sharply on Friday amid an uptick in geopolitical uncertainty after North Korea ruled out negotiations with Washington on curbing its nuclear weapons programme.

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