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Currently, the list of these countries is made up of Iran, Syria and Sudan. Trump also insisted on the construction of a wall on the border with Mexico.
US President Donald Trump today announced his decision to declare North Korea as a “sponsor of terrorism” and include it in a list that now includes Iran, Syria and Sudan.
Trump made his announcement during a meeting with members of his cabinet held at the White House.
Today’s appointment, which will be accompanied by new sanctions against North Korea that the Treasury Department plans to issue this Tuesday, “should have happened years ago,” Trump stressed to reporters.
In addition, Trump urged North Korea to “put an end to its illegal nuclear development and ballistic missiles.”
The White House had already advanced in recent weeks that Trump was evaluating returning to include North Korea in the list of countries to which the United States. considers “sponsors of terrorism” and from which Pyongyang left in 2008.
Last February, South Korea asked the US that he would include Pyongyang again on that blacklist in the wake of the assassination in Malaysia of Kim Jong-nam, the elder brother of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.
For his part, Trump recalled today the “murder” of Otto Warmbier, the American student who died in June after returning to the country in a coma after being imprisoned in North Korea.
Trump has opted for harsh rhetoric in response to North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs and, during his September address to the UN General Assembly, threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea if he continued his provocations.
The president has also said several times that he does not rule out a military action against the Pyongyang regime, since, in his opinion, years of dialogue have served no purpose.
The North Korean nuclear threat centered much of the Asian tour that Trump concluded last week and during which he visited Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.
On the other hand, the US president insisted that he will reinforce controls on the border with Mexico. “We need the wall and we will do it,” the president told reporters.