Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Kristopher Drake
November 21, 2017

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.

North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the blacklist. "North Korea will see it as another sign that the Trump administration will be less likely to come to the table with the interest in making a deal". The talks collapsed soon after and have not been revived since.

A US intelligence official who follows developments in North Korea expressed concern that the move could backfire, especially given that the basis for the designation is arguable. Cuba had been on the list but was removed by President Barack Obama in 2015.

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.

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.

Trump made the announcement one week after returning from a trip to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. A country must "repeatedly provided support for acts of global terrorism" to get the label from the USA government.

North Korean people
People work in a field just outside Pyongyang North

Trump said that North Korea has "repeatedly" sponsored acts of terrorism, including "assassinations on foreign soil".

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country. It should have happened years ago, "Trump said from the White House".

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". As the North has faced isolation from Western countries, it has increasingly sought relationships in Africa, the Middle East and South Asia in search of badly needed finances.

Thae Yong-ho, a former high-ranking North Korean official who defected to South Korea, endorsed adding North Korea back to the state sponsor of terrorism list during testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee earlier this year. A recent editorial in the ruling party Rodong Sinmum newspaper referred to the president as "a disgusting criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people".

Experts believe Pyongyang is within months of such a threshold, having carried out six nuclear tests since 2006 and test-fired several types of missiles, including multi-stage rockets.

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