North Korea denounces United States terror listing as grave provocation

Elias Hubbard
November 23, 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Sungri Motor Complex in Pyeongannam-do.

North Korea has not launched any missiles since September 15 and critics have argued that it was on a path of de-escalation, but the latest provocation along with the sanctions imposed by Trump administration aimed at crippling the country's economy could lead to more missile launches by North Korea.

"Our army and people are full of rage and anger towards the heinous gangsters who dared to put the name of our sacred country in this wretched list of "terrorism", the state-run Korean Central News Agency quoted an unidentified foreign ministry spokesman as saying.

North Korea will re-join Iran, Sudan, and Syria who are in the US list of state terrorism, as these countries "repeatedly provided support for acts of worldwide terrorism".

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U.S President Donald Trump's decision to label North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism was "a violent infringement" upon North Korea's dignity and "tantamount to another declaration of war".

The Trump administration followed up the reclassification with new sanctions targeting North Korean and Chinese organizations that the US believe illicitly fund Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The country was removed from the list as part of diplomatic efforts to salvage a deal to halt the state's nuclear weapons programme.

The North has ramped up its weapons tests this year, conducting its largest atomic blast to date in September and launching dozens of missiles - including two over Japan that experts say are created to carry nuclear payloads - as it seeks to develop a a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the USA mainland.

The relisting, the North added, had reaffirmed that "we must continue to keep the treasured nuclear sword in our hands more tightly". The country also fired powerful new midrange missiles over Japan and threatened to fire the same weapons toward Guam, a U.S. Pacific territory and military hub.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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