North Korea joins Iran, Sudan, and Syria - the only countries designated by the U.S.as state sponsors of terrorism. 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.
But the North remained defiant on Wednesday, vowing to continue building up its nuclear force in the face of repeated U.S. sanctions and threats. North Korean leaders and state media have said North Korea will not negotiate its nuclear program.
USA diplomats responsible for negotiating with the North Koreans in previous years were by and large supportive of strong sanctions - and also of calling North Korea a "terror state".
"This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime".
The US removed North Korea from its list in 2008 in a move to try and promote dialogue over its weapons programmes.
Upon making his decision public during a White House cabinet meeting on Monday, Trump accused the North of backing "acts of global terrorism" and said the move should have been made "years ago".
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