President Donald Trump has placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Trump announced the move today during a public meeting with his Cabinet at the White House and said the Treasury Department will announce new sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.
In his words, “today the United States is designating the North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,”. North Korea was removed from the list by President George Bush back in 2008.
Trump said that North Korea has “repeatedly” sponsored acts of terrorism, including “assassinations on foreign soil. This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea … and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime”.
Trump said new sanctions announced over the coming weeks, including Tuesday by the Treasury Department, will bring US sanctions against Pyongyang to their highest level ever.