Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terrorism, triggers sanctions

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20 de noviembre de 2017, 15:43Washington, Nov 20 (Prensa Latina) In another action against Pyongyang US President Donald Trump announced his decision Monday to include again the Democratic People " s Republic of Korea in the list of countries promoting terrorism, called States Sponsors of Terrorism.

President Trump has added North Korea to the list of nations designated by the US government as state sponsors of terror - joining Sudan, Syria and Iran.

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President Donald Trump says he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

Putting North Korea back on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror ups the ante in Trump and Kim Jong-un's public battle, which has sometimes veered toward the personal. Two women are on trial for poisoning Kim Jong-nam with VX gas in a Malaysian airport last February.

The move returns North Korea to the ignominious list for the first time since 2008, when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

It has since conducted five more nuclear tests and steadily ramped up its ballistic missile program, in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terrorism, triggers sanctions
Trump declares North Korea state sponsor of terrorism, triggers sanctions

United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq said the UN has "nothing to say" about the USA designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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.

The effort to reinstate North Korea to the terror list intensified after American college student Otto Warmbier died in June, shortly after being released from North Korean custody.

Although tragic, the Warmbier case does not seem to meet the statutory criteria for worldwide terrorism, says Daniel Pinkston, who specializes in Northeast Asian security issues at Troy University in Seoul.

The move is meant to curb Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, but Mike Fuchs, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, tells Bustle that the designation is a "step backward" and will make diplomacy with North Korea more hard.

Leaning into the likelihood that Trump would decide to reinstate North Korea's spot on the list, a senior administration official told reporters that taking North Korea off the list "was one of the things that a previous administration part of a hopeful attempt to lure them into reversing the threat".

While Klingner argues the move would have a "tangible impact on regime finances", Hill says the strategic value of the move is "purely symbolic".

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