Trump Says US Will Label North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror

Trump Says US Will Label North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror

Trump Says US Will Label North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror

U.S. student Warmbier died this year, aged 22, after he was repatriated from detention in North Korea, already in a coma. It should have happened years ago, "Trump said from the White House".

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

The United States has designated only three other countries - Iran, Sudan and Syria - as state sponsors of terrorism.

Gold prices rose sharply on Friday amid an uptick in geopolitical uncertainty after North Korea ruled out negotiations with Washington on curbing its nuclear weapons programme. U.S. officials allege he was tortured in custody.

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

The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said during a press briefing at the White House on Monday that the US sanctions against North Korea are taking effect as the worldwide community begins to cut off trade with Pyongyang. In Oct., House members wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to add North Korea to the list, citing the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, Kim Jong-Un's older brother.

In this March 16, 2016, file photo, American student Otto Warmbier, center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea.

The assassination also derailed "the first meaningful opportunity" for direct contacts between the two governments, a senior State Department official recently told Reuters.

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 North Korean regime must be lawful". Former President Barack Obama removed Cuba from the list in 2015.

"Sadly, this action by the Trump administration just further cements a unsafe game of escalatory brinkmanship where neither side is giving the other any off-ramp", he said.

Some members of Congress had been pushing for years for North Korea to be put back on the list, but others questioned whether the reclusive regime met the criteria of actively sponsoring worldwide terrorism.

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