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Trump places North Korea on list of state sponsors of terrorism

[JURIST] Speaking in a cabinet meeting on Monday US President Donald Trump announced [remarks] that the US is re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism nine years after it was removed from the list.

Trump stated, "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."

The president said that, "This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea ... and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime." He said that new sanctions on North Korea would be announced by the Treasury Department within the coming weeks.

In October The US Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control imposed sanctions [JURIST report] on seven individuals and three organizations for human rights abuses in connection with the US State Department's "Report on Human Rights Abuses and Censorship in North Korea."

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