Trump Tagged again DPRK as Terrorist Country

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Trump Tagged again DPRK as Terrorist Country

In the latest round in the war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un, North Korea has called the US President an "old lunatic" and said America will regret "letting such a depraved and stupid guy occupy the Oval Office".

George W. Bush originally designated North Korea as a terrorism sponsor, but removed Pyongyang in 2008 in an effort to broker a nuclear deal.

The designation will be given tomorrow by the US Treasury, and new sanctions will be imposed on the dictatorship.

"Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism". Last October 22, Trump told Fox News that his country is completely prepared to answer what he considered threats coming from the DPRK.

Some members of Congress had been pushing for years for North Korea to be put back on the list, but others questioned whether the reclusive regime met the criteria of actively sponsoring worldwide terrorism.

North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.

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'As long as there is continuous hostile policy against my country by the USA and as long as there are continued war games at our doorstep, then there will not be negotiations, ' 'Our country plans ultimate completion of the nuclear force'.

"A few years ago after North Korea's cyberhack of Sony Pictures, it threatened a 9/11-style attack against USA movie theaters", Ruggiero said.

The designation against North Korea will trigger additional sanctions. "The regime also continues its push to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles, threatening global security", Royce added.

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.

North Korea becomes the fourth nation on the terrorist list, joining Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Neither Mr Trump nor the State Department specified which acts of terrorism and assassination the North had supported.

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

There is strong bipartisan support for the move in Congress, which had passed legislation in August requiring the State Department to make a determination on putting North Korea back on the list.

Evans Revere, a former senior State Department official, said North Korea is already livid with Mr Trump and is likely to react "quickly and emotionally".

Adding them back to the list will also increase the effectiveness of sanctions, he added.

North Korea was on the terrorism blacklist for two decades after the 1987 bombing of a South Korean airliner killed 115 people.

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