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

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

'Should have happened a long time ago.

Neither Trump nor the State Department specified Monday which acts of terrorism and assassination the North had supported.

That fuelled geopolitical uncertainty, raising demand for safe-haven gold as market participants feared that North Korea could retaliate should Washington respond with new sanctions on the isolated nation. During Trump's 12-day Asia trip this month, the president issued a warning to North Korea while addressing the South Korean National Assembly. Trump has constantly tweeted about North Korea's threat to the USA because the nation continues to pursue nuclear weapons and test ballistic missiles. It has fired two missiles over Japan and on September 3 fired its sixth and largest nuclear test. White House officials telegraphed the move before Trump's departure.

The North Korean commentary accused Mr Trump of committing a "hideous crime against the Korean people" by insulting its leader, and warning that this "thrice-cursed crime can never be pardoned".

The U.S. State Department now lists Sudan, Syria and Iran as nations that have "repeatedly provided support for acts of worldwide terrorism".

Earlier this month, another North Korean media outlet said Mr Trump was "sentenced to death" for his attacks on Mr Kim. United States officials allege he was tortured in custody.

'Illegal nuclear launch order can be refused'
Acton said a president rightly has unchecked authority to use nuclear weapons in response to an actual or imminent nuclear attack. James Acton, co-director of the nuclear policy program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, saw politics at play.

In fact, it did: From 1988 to 2008, North Korea was on the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism, which includes Iran (since 1984), Sudan (since 1993), and Syria (since 1979).

US officials involved in the internal deliberations said there was no debate over whether the slaying of Kim's half brother Kim Jong Nam was a terrorist act.

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

"The Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction - and a large one - on North Korea", he said. But the administration of former President George W. Bush, a Republican, removed Pyongyang in 2008 in exchange for progress in denuclearization talks.

However, Democratic Senator Edward Markey said the designation "ratchets up the rhetoric" but does nothing to hold the North accountable for its weapons program.

"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.

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