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North Korea ‘State Sponsor’ of Terrorism Says Trump
President Donald Trump has announced new sanctions against North Korea amid ongoing tensions with the country and its leader, Kim Jong-un.
“We will be instituting a very critical step and that will start right now,” Trump said during a White House cabinet meeting on Monday. “Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago.”
“In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump added. “This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our ‘maximum pressure’ campaign to isolate the murderous regime that you’ve all been reading about, and in some cases writing about. Tomorrow the Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction, and a very large one, on North Korea.”
President George W. Bush removed the country from the ‘state sponsor’ list in 2008. Over recent weeks, however, there had been some rumblings that Trump would put the country back on the list. During his recent Asia trip, the president indicated that he would be making some kind of announcement about North Korean upon his return to the United States. We now know that announcement has to do with imposing further economic sanctions on the country.
Over recent months, North Korea has threatened a launch of inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) at Guam should the President not back down from his aggressive posture toward the communist nation. Trump has retaliated with his own threats of “fire and fury” should North Korea undertake any hostilities against the United States.
Given today’s announcement, it is clear that the president and his administration have no intention of backing down from their hardline stance against Kim Jong-un and his regime.