Amid the rising tensions between North Korea and America, US President Donald Trump placed Pyongyang back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday. “It should have happened a long time ago,” Trump explained.


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On Monday, US President Donald Trump placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a move that was welcomed by South Korea and Japan. Pyongyang was removed from the list in 2008 when the US and its allies in the Far East region were holding talks with the pariah state.  

Trump’s decision to declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism is the latest move by Washington that demonstrates the rising tensions between the US leader and North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un.

“Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Trump explained. “It should have happened a long time ago. It should have happened years ago. In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil.”

With Pyongyang back on the list, Washington can impose additional sanctions against North Korea. In his announcement about the move, Trump said that the US Treasury Department “will be announcing an additional sanction, and a very large one, on North Korea” on Tuesday. “This will be going on over the next two weeks,” he added. “It will be the highest level of sanctions by the time it’s finished over a two-week period.”

As reported by JOL News earlier this week, the isolated country’s state-run newspaper Minju Joson called Trump’s recent visit to South Korea “nonsense” and said that his threat to the North was “a load of rubbish spouted by the old lunatic Trump.” The newspaper also called Trump a “mad dog” and said that he “had better pay heed to the despicable plight of his country, the dark empire of evils under worldwide criticism, before poking his nose into others’ things.”