Trump Could Add North Korea To List Of State Sponsors Of Terror Next Week

Just two days after President Donald Trump returned from his 12-day tour of Asia with new assurances that China would do more to economically pressure North Korea, the White House abruptly revealed Thursday that President Trump is considering returning North Korea to the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism - a decision that would likely outrage North Korea’s leadership at a time when tensions between the US and North appear to be on the wane.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the decision will come “during the early part of next week,” Reuters reported.

Presently, Sudan, Iran and Syria are the only countries on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. Earlier Thursday, a Trump administration diplomat said the administration would consider removing Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Sudan has been on the list since 1993. A month ago, the Trump administration formally lifted decades-old sanctions against Sudan, which is ruled by strongman Omar al-Bashir.

Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said the United States was willing to consider removing Sudan from the its list of state sponsors of terrorism if Sudan continued to make progress on counterterrorism cooperation, human rights and other key issues. Syria, since 1974, and Iran, since 1984, are the other countries on the list, the New York Times reported.

The standard for inclusion, under the law, is a country that has “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” North Korea was removed from the list in 2008 not because it no longer fit the criteria, but because of a deal with the Bush administration that it did not uphold.

It’s widely believed that North Korea helps arm terror networks around the world as part of its illicit arms business. Then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asserted in August 2010 that “the fact is that North Korea continues to smuggle missiles and weapons to other countries around the world - Burma, Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas."

Aside from that, the North continues to terrorize the world with its missile and nuclear tests. During a speech in South Korea last week, Trump said he would like to pursue a diplomatic solution with the North, but warned that the US wouldn't hesitate to intervene militarily if it felt threatened. He also described North Korea as a hellscape where "no human being should have to live."


Manthong FreeShitter Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:08 Permalink

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veritas semper… Mena Arkansas Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:55 Permalink

Exactly. But you forgot one :UK.The real terrorists are,in this order:-US_The zionist apartheid entity in the ME_UK_Saudi Arabia-Then,assorted vassals and minor terrorists as: NATO countries(especially France,Bosnia,Kosovo)_UAE,Bahrain,(Qatar,Turkey now kinda switched sides)hey,Donald,how about this real list? Or is this not Kosher?PS: Donald,Kim has a better haircut than you! LOL

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any_mouse Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:15 Permalink

DPRK is already a member of the "Axis of Evil", what more is needed for a casus belli?

Operation Just Because II.

Bringing Central Banking to the under served.

Free the citizens of DPRK to live a life of debt slavery and Corporate oppression.

Koba the Dread any_mouse Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:37 Permalink

You have no knowledge that what you have written is true. None! Some propaganda whore on TV tells you something and you parrot it here. You do not know what is going on in N. Korea. All you hear is other people's stories of N. Korea and we know that those people, the MSM, lie to us every day. Why believe their stories about N. Korea? Why believe the government's stories about N. Korea?Our ignorance about what's happening in N. Korea is our ignorance. That will not change. Accept that fact and at least remain agnostic about what's happening in N. Korea.

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Dickguzinya Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:24 Permalink

This should have been done when he entered the White House.  And, he should have listed the following as domestic terrorist organizations:black lives matterblack panthersantifafeministsla raza 

Deep Snorkeler Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:25 Permalink

The middle class is lost.An ever increasing defense budget,the place that mysteriously loses $t-t-trillions,sucks our civilian economy dry.Perpetual war is a sign of systemic decayand diminished quality of life.  

bshirley1968 Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:29 Permalink

"Presently, Sudan, Iran and Syria are the only countries on the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism."And that is why the State Department has ZERO credibility with anyone that can rub two brain cells together, and why adding NK does't mean shit.  I am sure the State Department would list me as a terrorist if they had a chance to sit down with me for a friendly chat.My own government IS the real enemy.  Calling others the "enemy" doesn't change that..not one bit."A slave is told by his government who to fight, a freeman knows who the real enemy is."

Son of Captain Nemo Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:11 Permalink

If I had to guess... The announcement that Donny made from Beijing about $250 billion in trade with the PRC along with 51% stakes in foreign ownership of Chinese Companies wasn't nearly enough to "plug the cracks" in "Lady Liberty's"... gaping "Yo-Yo"?!!!

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw wisehiney Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:28 Permalink

speaking of the blues  Well I'm Southbound, Lord I'm comin' home to you.Well I'm Southbound, baby, Lord I'm comin' home to you.I got that old lonesome feelin' that's sometimes called the blues.Well I been workin' every night, travelin' every day.Yes I been workin' every night, traveling every day.You can tell your other man, sweet daddy's on his way.Aww, ya better believe.Well I'm Southbound.Whoa I'm Southbound.Well you can tell your other man, Sweet daddy's on his way.

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Hank Stinkhammer Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

The Norks are master trollers...look at the US getting triggered and re triggered...There is not a single sane mind that really believes that there is anything anyone can do about stopping a Nork nuke without sacrificing hudreds of thousands of souls to the gods of their fathers.    

JoseyWalesTheOutlaw Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:26 Permalink

The Don should add the CIA,Justice Dept,FBI,and the fuking State Department to his list as well. I am just trying to help the man out of a big jam. Donald might get Jeff Session a doorman's job at his best Hotel.....swing shift might be best for Jeff.

Karl Marxist Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:23 Permalink

Trump = FUD adding to an every growing long list of FUD politicians, billionaires, tech and media giants. Tell you what, Trump. You gave an add whoppin' to Vince McMahon. Challange Fat Buy to a cage match, see who wins. At least you'd have to be real whicih, right now, youre invisible.

NuYawkFrankie Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:28 Permalink

The 'Bloviating Belligerent Buffoon' might want to look in the mirror - and think about adding ISISrael & NeoCON-USSA to the list of "State Sponsors Of Terror" next week