For reasons I never really understood, former President George W. Bush took North Korea off of the list of nations that sponsor terrorism. That move was made in 2008.
Amidst the growing tension with North Korea and the threats of using nuclear weapons on South Korea, Japan and the United States, President Donald Trump corrected Bush’s mistake by putting North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Such a move allows for stricter sanctions and pressures to be placed on the rogue nation, in hopes of crippling them economically so they cannot afford to start a war.
(News4Jax) – President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Trump announced the move Monday during a public meeting with his Cabinet at the White House and said the Treasury Department will announce new sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.
“Today the United States is designating the North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,” Trump said.
North Korea was removed from the list by President George W. Bush in 2008.
Trump said that North Korea has “repeatedly” sponsored acts of terrorism, including “assassinations on foreign soil.”
In placing North Korea back on the list, Trump said that more sanctions will be announced in the coming days and that they are designed to help isolate the country even further. At the conclusion of Trump’s visit to Asia, he announced there would be major announcement on North Korea in the near future and this is that announcement. It follows his talks with a number of Asian leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping.