Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump declares North Korea a state sponsor of terror

Trump declares North Korea a state sponsor of terror

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 worldwide terrorism is less prominent. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S.

The official added that the country "clearly fit the criteria for a state sponsor of terror in a previous administration". Currently, the only countries on the list are Iran, Syria and Sudan.

During Trump's 12-day Asia trip this month, the president issued a warning to North Korea while addressing the South Korean National Assembly.

An undated image distributed by the North Korean government on September 3, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an undisclosed location.

Experts say the designation will be largely symbolic, as North Korea is already heavily sanctioned by the United States.

Last month, 16 members of the U.S. House of Representatives had sent a letter to the State Department calling for North Korea's re-designation on the terror list.

"While global attention has been on nuclear weapons and missiles, we must not lose sight of North Korea's terrorist acts and gross violations of human rights", Klingner says.

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. A country must "repeatedly provided support for acts of worldwide terrorism" to get the label from the U.S. government. "There's no evidence that points to the fact North Koreans are state sponsors of terror anywhere", Anderson added.

Such a designation carries significant sanctions against the country's ability to receive USA foreign assistance, puts a ban on defense exports and sales.

Former President Barack Obama removed Cuba from the list in 2015 and Bush, in addition to North Korea, removed Libya in 2006 and Iraq in 2004. That bid fell through, and North Korea has continued to drive toward building a nuclear bomb capable of hitting its neighbors and the United States.

North Korea's state-run Minju Joson newspaper ran an editorial which said: "A load of rubbish spouted by the old lunatic Trump during his recent visit to South Korea was a total nonsense and paradox so far". "So they should be put back on the list".

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

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