President Donald Trump is relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to White House pool reports.
North Korea was recognized as a state sponsor of terror for two decades but was removed from the list in 2008. “It should have happened years ago,” Trump told reporters, citing assassinations on foreign soil, an apparent reference to the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam in Malaysia with a banned chemical weapon, and the brutal treatment and death of Otto Warmbier.
Trump called North Korea a “murderous regime,” adding that the U.S. will impose “the highest level of sanctions” on the rogue regime.
The president mulled relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terror as he traveled across Asia on a five-country tour that took him to Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines. On his trip, he announced that he would make a decision upon his return.
North Korea will joint Iran, Sudan, and Syria on the list. Countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism are subject to “restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions,” according to the U.S. Department of State.
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