US Declares North Korea As A State Sponsor Of Terrorism

Marsha Scott
November 24, 2017

The order from the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioning a 13 Chinese and North Korean companies and agencies and 20 vessels owned by North Korea added substance to the words of Trump as he denounced North Korea for spreading terror at home and overseas. But the unilateral measures, analysts said, only prevent USA companies and banks from doing business with those sanctioned, which was already happening in practice. A day after placing North Korea back on the list, the Trump administration on Tuesday imposed new sanctions on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies in an effort to increase pressure on North Korea over its nuclear program and deprive it of foreign revenue. The sanctions against North Korean vessels were intended to deprive the North of the means to conduct global trade on which the country depends.

"This is a serious provocation and a violent infringement upon our dignified country", a North Korea spokesman told the state's Korean Central News Agency.

Former US President George W. Bush had removed North Korea from the list in 2008, in a bid to salvage a fragile nuclear deal that was supposed to allow US inspectors access to its main declared nuclear compound, at Yongbyon. The alliance comes as North Korea is increasingly isolated from the global community as its nuclear threats against the USA continue. This has been an alarmingly common combination for U.S. policy toward North Korea to achieve. He added to this campaign for global support in a telephone conversation Tuesday with Russia's President Vladimir Putin, seeking to enlist his support for heightened pressure against the North. The U.S. has maintained North Korea must cease its program before negotiations can begin.

He further disclosed that the designation is long overdue step and part of the U.S.

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Trump and Tillerson have both said the time for such patience is over and now is the time to act decisively.

European researchers say they have identified the targets North Korea is planning to attack. He and Trump appeared to have gotten along quite well during Trump's recent visit - an occasion for him to call for strengthening South Korea's armed forces.

North Korea has not launched any missiles since September 15 and critics have argued that it was on a path of de-escalation, but the latest provocation along with the sanctions imposed by Trump administration aimed at crippling the country's economy could lead to more missile launches by North Korea. North Korean leaders and state media have said North Korea will not negotiate its nuclear program.

While China has backed the United Nations measures, it has been reluctant to take the more drastic step of cutting off oil supplies through a pipeline to North Korea's lone refinery, fearing that regime collapse could lead to chaos on their common border.

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