North Korea denounces United States terror listing as grave provocation

Marie Harrington
November 24, 2017

President Donald Trump has placed North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday - a designation that allows the United States to impose more sanctions and risks inflaming tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile programs. Trump said that the terror designation and new sanctions would be part of a series of moves over the next two weeks to reinforce his "maximum pressure campaign" against Kim Jong-Un's regime.

"The new sanction added ships, new individuals and institutions so it is seeking to partially block North Korea's maritime trade", said Kim Yong-hyun. "But, it does not bring serious impacts to North Korea's economy". But the unilateral measures, analysts said, only prevent USA companies and banks from doing business with those sanctioned, which was already happening in practice.

The sanctions are on trade and labor contractors, including a North Korean company that has operated in China, Cambodia, Poland, and Russian Federation.

"The US will be held entirely accountable for all the consequences to be entailed by its impudent provocation to the DPRK", he said, using the initials of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The US government is also doing well to encourage other countries to join in.

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The UN is investigating seven African countries for possible violations of its sanctions on North Korea, such as commissioning construction projects and buying arms.

Trump met China's President Xi Jinping earlier this month and is bullish about the US-China relationship, but concerns remain that Beijing is not ready to take tough measures against Kim.

As Trump said, the decision reaffirms the USA government's commitment to imposing maximum pressure on the Pyongyang government.

Christopher Hill is the former US diplomat who was instrumental in persuading first the secretary of state at the time, Condoleezza Rice, and then President Bush, to pull North Korea's name from the "terror list". The spokesperson noted that their actions included expulsion of North Korean workers and diplomats. North Korea quickly lashed out at Trump, calling him a "kingpin of all kinds of terrorism" and accusing him of being unable to prevent terrorism in his own country.

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