Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

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Trump's announcement came before a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "Should have happened a long time ago". Should have happened years ago.

Sanctions for North Korea and the other nations on the list include: "restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, a ban on defense exports and sales, certain controls over exports of dual use items, and miscellaneous financial and other restrictions", according to the U.S. Department of State.

Prior to today's decision, only three countries - Iran, Sudan and Syria - were labeled state sponsors of terror by the United States.

However, lawyers said there had to be more than one incident, and there was disagreement over whether the treatment of American student Otto Warmbier, who died of injuries suffered in North Korean custody, constituted terrorism.

He said more sanctions would be imposed on North Korea and "related persons" that the Treasury Department would begin to announce on Tuesday - part of rolling efforts to deprive Pyongyang of funds for its nuclear and missile programmes and leave it internationally isolated.

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The primary impact of the designation may be to compound North Korea's growing global isolation as it is already subject to an array of tough United States sanctions restricting trade, foreign assistance, defence sales and exports of sensitive technology. In Oct., House members wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urging him to add North Korea to the list, citing the murder of Kim Jong-Nam, Kim Jong-Un's older brother.

"A few years ago after North Korea's cyberhack of Sony Pictures, it threatened a 9/11-style attack against U.S. movie theaters", Ruggiero said.

Trump warned that, in addition to the terror designation, Washington is preparing yet another round of sanctions to force Pyongyang to give up its nuclear missile program. Countries placed on this list are determined by the secretary of state to have "repeatedly provided support for acts of worldwide terrorism" and can face economic consequences as a result. North Korea's state media said Kim inspected a hydrogen bomb.

"They are similar to sanctions we have taken in the past". That's when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development.

Thae was No. 2 in the North Korean embassy in London before he escaped with his wife and two sons, arriving in South Korea in 2016.

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