Trump to re-designate North Korea as terrorism sponsor

The hermit kingdom a communist dictatorship in the Far East has fired more than a dozen ballistic missile tests this year but none in the last few months

"Should have happened a long time ago".

Trump accused North Korea of "repeatedly" supporting worldwide terrorism, "including assassinations on foreign soil".

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.

Monday's announcement comes a little less than a week after Trump returned from a 12-day trip to Asia, where North Korea was at the top of his agenda.

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. It has fired two missiles over Japan and on September 3 fired its sixth and largest nuclear test.

"In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of worldwide terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil", Trump said as he announced the designation at a Cabinet meeting at the White House.

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".

North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the blacklist. Should have happened years ago, ' Trump said. U.S. officials allege he was tortured in custody. In Oct., House members wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to add North Korea to the list, citing the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, Kim Jong-Un's older brother.

In fact, it did: From 1988 to 2008, North Korea was on the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism, which includes Iran (since 1984), Sudan (since 1993), and Syria (since 1979).

Otto Warmbier arriving at a court for his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2015. It was removed under George W. Bush's presidency as part of a diplomatic deal for North Korea to allow inspection of its Yongbyon nuclear facility, as well as dismantle a plutonium plant-neither of which were done. "Putting them back on accomplishes nothing", Lt. Col. Eric C. Anderson, a retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer who spent most of his career focusing on North Korea, told Newsweek".

"Sadly, this action by the Trump administration just further cements a risky game of escalatory brinkmanship where neither side is giving the other any off-ramp", he said.

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