Trump re-designates North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

Trump re-designates North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism


U.S. President Donald Trump officially returned North Korea to a state sponsors of terrorism list in late November 2017. Trump hopes the measure increases pressure on the rogue regime to abandon developing its ballistic missile and nuclear programs.

“Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,” Trump said. “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil.”

Calling the North a “murderous regime,” Trump said the terror list designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and supports the United States’ “maximum pressure” campaign to isolate the country. (Pictured: People at the Seoul Railway Station watch as U.S. President Donald Trump, left, announces his re-designation of North Korea and Kim Jong Un, right, to a state sponsor of terrorism list.)

During a speech in South Korea earlier in November, Trump said North Korea had made numerous incursions in South Korea, attempted to assassinate senior leaders, and attacked South Korean ships.

The United States has asked all countries around the world to put diplomatic and international pressure on North Korea, “whose regime threatens international peace and security with its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development, dangerous support for international terrorism and other malicious activities,” U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told CNN.

“Kim Jong Un must realize that the only path to a secure, economically prosperous future is to abandon his unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development and support for international terrorism and rejoin the international community,” Tillerson continued.

The United States listed North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism in 1988 after an agent from the North planted a bomb on a South Korean passenger plane, killing all 115 people on board in 1987, according to The New York Times newspaper. Two decades later in 2008, then-U.S. President George W. Bush removed North Korea from the list as part of a package deal with North Korea agreeing at the time to move toward denuclearization, The New York Times reported.

When asked about the U.S. move to re-designate North Korea, United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said the U.N. had “nothing to say.”

“It’s not our list,” he said.