Days after his return from the historic 13-day trip to Asia, the President called for a meeting in the Cabinet where he announced the long awaited labeling and designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, something he said “should have happened a long time ago.
The designation is clearing ways for extra sanctions for the “murderous” rogue regime. “We will be instituting a very critical step,” “Today, the U.S. is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. [This] should have happened a long time ago — should have happened years ago. “Trump said.
According to president’s directive, North Korea will return to the State Department’s list of designated state sponsors of terrorism since its removal by the Bush administration in 2000; North Korea will be among Iran, Sudan and Syria.
“North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said Monday. “… This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons.” The designation supports a “maximum-pressure campaign” on the “murderous regime.”
The sanctions would be imposed over a two-week period and would constitute the “highest level of sanctions” on North Korea.
Once designated, a country or nation state faces sanctions resulting in restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, a ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual use items; and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions according to the State Department.
The designation comes after months of fierce rhetoric toward North Korea’s rogue dictator Kim Jong Un, who was repeatedly warned to cease nuclear activities.