21 November 2017
By Ugwu Izuchukwu
American President, Donald Trump has on Monday 20th November 2017 in his cabinet meeting placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of global terrorism and further announced his plans to come up with new sanctions against the Asian country.
According to Trump, “Today the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago.”
Trump in his speech further maintains that North Korea has repeatedly sponsored acts of terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil.
In his words, “This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea … and will support our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.”
It will be recalled that North Korea was removed from the list in 2008 by former U.S. President George W. Bush.
Meanwhile, the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed delight in the move. While responding to the move early this morning, Abe said “Our country welcomes and supports the U.S. decision to relist North Korea on the state sponsor of terrorism list.”
The U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, on his part also condemned North Korea’s terrorism outfit and called on all countries to put pressure on North Korea.
While responding to CNN, Tillerson said that “As part of the administration’s maximum pressure strategy, we have asked all countries around the world to put diplomatic and economic pressure on the DPRK, whose regime threatens international peace and security with its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development, dangerous support for international terrorism and other malicious activities.
“Kim Jong Un must realize that the only path to a secure, economically prosperous future is to abandon his unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development and support for international terrorism and rejoin the international community.”
During his speech in South Korea, Trump described North Korea as an out-of-control country led by Kim Jong Un, whom he cast as a maniacal and deranged man.
“The regime has made numerous lethal incursions in South Korea, attempted to assassinate senior leaders, attacked South Korean ships and tortured Otto Warmbier, ultimately leading to that fine young man’s death.
“A few years ago, after North Korea’s cyberhack of Sony Pictures, it threatened a 9/11-style attack against U.S. movie theaters.
“The Kim regime should not have been removed from the list in 2008 and the U.S. government should have relisted it sooner than today.”