The U.S. designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism on Monday and claimed the reclusive Korean country has supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil, which comes as the U.S. plans to add another sanction today on Pyongyang.
President Trump said yesterday before a Cabinet meeting that today the Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction on North Korea that will occur over the next 2 weeks which will rank among the highest level of sanctions after it’s completed over a 2 week period.
“The North Korean regime must be lawful. It must end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development, and cease all support for international terrorism, which it is not doing” President Trump said.
President Trump recalled the memory of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. college student who passed away following his jailing in North Korea where he was sentenced for 15 years imprisonment with hard labor for theft of a propaganda poster from his hotel where he stayed as a tourist.
“As we take this action today, our thoughts turn to Otto Warmbier, a wonderful young man, and the countless others so brutally affected by the North Korean oppression” President Trump said on Monday.
Since 1996 the North Korean government has detained 16 American citizens, including 3 Americans who remain in custody in North Korea.
A State Department spokeswoman said on Friday before reporters that there is no moral equivalency between the missile launches and nuclear tests authorized by North Korean Leader Kim Jong-In, supreme leader of North Korea since 2011, and the legal, justified naval actions between the U.S. and South Korea in waters outside the Korean peninsula.
“Our activities between the U.S. and South Korea, for example, are lawful, they are longstanding, they’ve taken place since I believe it was the 1950’s or so, they’re defense-oriented military exercises” said a State Department spokeswoman on Friday.
“What the DPRK has done has been unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile programs and testing. President Xi himself from China recognizes that a nuclear North Korea is a grave threat” the State Department spokeswoman added.
Pyongyang has taken great offense and places much emphasis on the past joint military exercises between the U.S. and South Korea on the Korean Peninsula.
In a recent article from state controlled Pyongyang Times, President Trump was described as “warmongering” and the “21st century Hitler” who has sent a “large heap” of lethal weapons to the Korean peninsula.
According to the Pyongyang Times article, the Korean army and people “do not bat an eye” even if the U.S. sends all of its war hardware.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) possession of nuclear weapons was described in the article as “open and aboveboard” and an inevitable choice for self-defense “in reaction to the U.S. ever growing nuclear threat and hostile policy.”
“Gone are the days when the U.S. imposed nuclear blackmail on the DPRK. The more the U.S. resorts to a reckless military bid against the DPRK, the more it will drive the latter into working towards nuclear buildup and the earlier the U.S. destruction will come” the Pyongyang Times wrote.
North Korean officials met with a Chinese delegation last week and yesterday North Korea’s foreign minister arrived in Havana, Cuba which has history of supporting Pyongyang.
North Korea tested their 6th nuclear test this year while launching ballistic missiles tests over the Sea of Japan, resulting in additional UN sanctions in August and September targeting the sale of North Korea’s fossil fuels, fishing, and banking industry.
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