Trump says U.S. will declare NKorea a state sponsor of terror

Kim Jong-un 'punishes top military officials for

George W. Bush originally designated North Korea as a terrorism sponsor, but removed Pyongyang in 2008 in an effort to broker a nuclear deal.

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.

During Trump's 12-day Asia trip this month, the president issued a warning to North Korea while addressing the South Korean National Assembly.

USA officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport this year as an act of terrorism.

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

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism is part of a push to continue "to turn the pressure up".

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

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Trump at November 20th cabinet meeting announcing the re-designation. Also, it warns that it faces the hostility and the threats of the joint military exercises of the United States and the Republic of Korea in the Korean Peninsula. "Putting them back on accomplishes nothing", Lt. Col. Eric C. Anderson, a retired U.S. Air Force Intelligence Officer who spent most of his career focusing on North Korea, told Newsweek".

In February, plans for talks in the United States between former US 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.

The designation places restrictions on trade with North Korea that are essentially already in place.

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

"Over the past year alone, Kim Jong Un and his regime brazenly assassinated his brother with a chemical weapon and brutally tortured Otto Warmbier, leading directly to his tragic death", the California Republican said in a statement.

The White House has declared it will not tolerate Kim's regime testing or deploying an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to USA cities.

The move is meant to curb Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, but Mike Fuchs, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, tells Bustle that the designation is a "step backward" and will make diplomacy with North Korea more hard.

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