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Terror designation a way to hike North Korea pressure

21 November 2017, 12:22 | Bernice Figueroa

Terror designation a way to hike North Korea pressure

Kim Jong-un 'punishes top military officials for

But US officials see the designation - lifted by then-president George W. Bush in 2008 - as a way of ratcheting up the pressure on Pyongyang and especially on other states that may be failing to fully enforce the sanctions already in place.

The United States will redesignate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, a move meant to put additional financial and diplomatic pressure on the totalitarian government.

The step at least symbolically ratchets up the roiling standoff between the US and North Korea over Pyongyang's program to develop nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles that could hit the USA mainland.

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

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

As Trump announced his decision Monday, he said the Treasury Department would also announce new sanctions on North Korea on Tuesday.

Relations between the US and North Korea have been fraught ever since President Trump took office.

Kim Jong-un 'punishes top military officials for
Terror designation a way to hike North Korea pressure

Trump made the announcement one week after returning from a trip to South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

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

In February, plans for talks in the United States between former USA officials and North Korea were scrapped when the State Department denied a visa for a top envoy from Pyongyang after the murder of Kim's half brother, Kim Jong Nam, in Malaysia.

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

In February, Kim's potential rival and elder brother Kim Jong-Nam died after he was sprayed with a nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur airport, in an assassination blamed on Pyongyang.

Under sanctions legislation signed by Trump in August, the State Department was required to report to Congress earlier this month whether it will re-designate North Korea. Former President Barack Obama removed Cuba from the list in 2015.

"The North Korean regime must be lawful", the president declared. Israel's biggest fear, he said, is the possibility that North Korea might develop nuclear weapons on behalf of Iran.

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