North Koreans critical of United States terror list decision

Trevor Jackson
November 24, 2017

President Donald Trump Monday declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, a spot on a U.S. blacklist Pyongyang had shed almost a decade ago.

US officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother in a Malaysian airport earlier this year as an act of terrorism. Standing front and center on the world stage, the American President called Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man", as well as a series of other slurs better suited for a speech by a middle school preteen running for class president. Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News. "But, it does not bring serious impacts to North Korea's economy".

North Korea, however, deals commercially with China on a number of different levels, including trade across the river that is technically illegal.

The report chillingly warns: "North Korea lacks a clear distinction between the use of nuclear weapons against military targets and their use against civilian targets".

The sanctions showed the determination of the U.S.to stifle trade across the Yalu or Amnok River between the Chinese city of Dandong and Sinuiju on the North Korean side.

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Experts say the USA decision to put North Korea back on its terrorism blacklist will have limited practical effect, but may make a diplomatic solution of the standoff over its nuclear weapons program more hard.

The timing of the added pressure on North Korea could work against bringing it to negotiate an end to its nuclear and missile programs. The White House has said it will not tolerate the North's testing or deployment of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to United States cities.

The US is ratcheting up its sanctions on North Korea in line with its commitment to "maximum pressure" aimed to stop the rogue regime's nuclear and missile menace.

"We hope the relevant parties will do more to help deescalate tensions and come back to the track of peacefully resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiation". The spokesperson noted that their actions included expulsion of North Korean workers and diplomats. It was that year that Bush removed North Korea from the "terror" list in hopes of persuading North Korea to abide by agreements hammered out in six-party talks calling for a specific schedule for dismantling its nuclear program.

North Korea joins Iran, Sudan, and Syria - the only countries designated by the U.S.as state sponsors of terrorism.

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