Trump declares North Korea a state sponsor of terror

North Korea was previously on the list, but taken off in 2008 by the Bush administration during an attempted denuclearization deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks about his recent trip to Asia in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 15, 2017. Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un have been engaged in an ongoing war of words for the past several months of its long-range missile tests and nuclear program.

"In addition to threatening the world with nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of worldwide terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil".

Trump announced the move Monday during a public meeting with his Cabinet at the White House and said the Treasury Department will announce new sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

Trump said Monday that the designation will impose further penalties on the country.

United Nations spokesperson Farhan Haq said the UN has "nothing to say" about the USA designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

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Putting North Korea back on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terror ups the ante in Trump and Kim Jong-un's public battle, which has sometimes veered toward the personal.

The official added that the country "clearly fit the criteria for a state sponsor of terror in a previous administration". He also mentions multiple North Korean assassinations and assassination plots, including the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Kim's half brother, who was poisoned earlier this year at a Malaysian airport. Taken together, the four main categories of sanctions resulting from designation under these authorities include restrictions on USA foreign assistance; a ban on defense exports and sales; certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

The White House has declared it will not tolerate Kim's regime testing or deploying an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to United States cities. Former President Barack Obama removed Cuba from the list in 2015.

Thae was No. 2 in the North Korean embassy in London before he escaped with his wife and two sons, arriving in South Korea in 2016.

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.

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