Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

North Koreans critical of United States terror list decision

North Koreans critical of United States terror list decision

The researchers gathered their information from announcements made on North Korean state media and were able to come up with 15 targets on North Korea's list, including the Pentagon, Tokyo and U.S. strategic sites in the Pacific Ocean.

It was that year that Bush removed North Korea from the "terror" list in hopes of persuading North Korea to abide by agreements hammered out in six-party talks calling for a specific schedule for dismantling its nuclear program.

The North Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, said the "heinous gangsters" who put North Korea on "wretched list of "terrorism" have angered Pyongyang and it will find ways to "settle all accounts". Trump said that the terror designation and new sanctions would be part of a series of moves over the next two weeks to reinforce his "maximum pressure campaign" against Kim Jong-Un's regime.

The decision was labelled a "serious provocation" by the North Korean regime. But the unilateral measures, analysts said, only prevent USA companies and banks from doing business with those sanctioned, which was already happening in practice.

While China has backed the United Nations measures, it has been reluctant to take the more drastic step of cutting off oil supplies through a pipeline to North Korea's lone refinery, fearing that regime collapse could lead to chaos on their common border.

North Korea Blasts US Terrorism Blacklisting
North Koreans critical of US terror list decision

After a recent string of missile tests, and its sixth and largest nuclear test in September, North Korea's military testing has been quiet, raising speculation that Pyongyang may be waiting to see what the USA offers to entice it to join talks.

USA diplomats responsible for negotiating with the North Koreans in previous years were by and large supportive of strong sanctions - and also of calling North Korea a "terror state". The spokesperson noted that their actions included expulsion of North Korean workers and diplomats.

But North Korea is unlikely to give in to the sanctions and come back to the negotiation table anytime soon.

Trump's recent decision, however, seemed to have only increased the months-long tensions between the two sides. This has been an alarmingly common combination for USA policy toward North Korea to achieve.

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