December 18 2017, 02:43 | Irvin Gilbert
Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism
George W. Bush originally designated North Korea as a terrorism sponsor, but removed Pyongyang in 2008 in an effort to broker a nuclear deal.
North Korea becomes the fourth nation on the terrorist list, joining Iran, Sudan and Syria.
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about his recent trip to Asia in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2017.
Trump added today that Pyongyang's is a "murderous regime", and demanded that it "end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development".
While North Korea is widely regarded as one of the most oppressive governments in the world with respect to its own people, its involvement with global terrorism is less prominent.
Experts say the designation will be largely symbolic, as North Korea is already heavily sanctioned by the United States.
Trump announced the move Monday during a public meeting with his Cabinet at the White House and said the Treasury Department will announce new sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.
Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors.
Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country.
In response, a state-run North Korean newspaper called Trump an "old lunatic" on Sunday and derided his visit to South Korea as "nonsense".
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.
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.
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.
Returning North Korea to the terror list would mean it is subject to greater restrictions on USA foreign assistance, defense exports and sales, and other financial transactions.
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.
North Korea was put on the US terrorism sponsor list for the 1987 bombing of a Korean Air flight that killed all 115 people aboard.
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