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Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

Trump Returns North Korea to List of State Sponsors of Terrorism

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

The designation came a week after Trump returned from a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia in which he made containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions a centerpiece of his discussions.

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

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.

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

President Donald Trump says he intends to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror.

Designation under the above-referenced authorities also implicates other sanctions laws that penalize persons and countries engaging in certain trade with state sponsors.

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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.

"While global attention has been on nuclear weapons and missiles, we must not lose sight of North Korea's terrorist acts and gross violations of human rights", Klingner says.

"The Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction - and a large one - on North Korea", he said.

"Over the past year alone, Kim Jong Un and his regime brazenly assassinated his brother with a chemical weapon and brutally tortured Otto Warmbier, leading directly to his tragic death", the California Republican said in a statement. Former President Barack Obama removed Cuba from the list in 2015.

Bush chose to remove North Korea from the list as part of a bid to save a nuclear deal with the country.

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.

USA financial institutions are already banned from engaging in business with people or entities associated with the North Korean government.