Trump declares North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

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As Trump announced his decision Monday, he said the Treasury Department would also announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday.

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 president said new sanctions were on the way for North Korea, invoking, Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died days after his return to the US earlier this year.

'Should have happened a long time ago. It should have happened years ago, "Trump said from the White House".

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

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. It limits US foreign assistance, bans defense exports and sales, boost limits on exports of dual-use items and affects financial transactions, according to the State Department.

Statues commemorate Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.       Wikipedia
Statues commemorate Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. Wikipedia

The North Korean commentary accused Mr Trump of committing a "hideous crime against the Korean people" by insulting its leader, and warning that this "thrice-cursed crime can never be pardoned".

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

The Los Angeles Times reports that officials are citing the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, as an act of terror.

Gold prices rose sharply on Friday amid an uptick in geopolitical uncertainty after North Korea ruled out negotiations with Washington on curbing its nuclear weapons programme. The latest missile test overflew Japan Sept. 15.

In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea. It requested a determination as to whether such acts constitute support for worldwide terrorism. In making the announcement, Trump did refer to Warmbier "and the countless others so brutally affected" by North Korean oppression. While putting more pressure on North Korea to back down, the administration's measure might just be one step further towards military intervention.

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