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Trump designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism

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President Trump on Monday announced that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.

“Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism,” he said at the White House, according to Bloomberg.

“Should have happened a long time ago,” Trump continued. “Should have happened years ago.”

“In addition to threatening the world with nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil.”

Trump’s announcement came at the start of a meeting with his Cabinet Monday, and he called the move against North Korea’s government “a very large one.”

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The president also pledged that the Treasury Department on Tuesday would reveal additional measures impacting North Korea.

Bloomberg on Monday reported that North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on America’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.

Cuba was also once listed under that label, but former President Barack Obama removed the island nation in 2015.

North Korea was additionally previously named as a state sponsor of terrorism until 2008, when former President George W. Bush erased the distinction.

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Bush changed the label in an effort to salvage a delicate nuclear agreement with North Korea at the time.

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Trump’s remarks about assassinations may reference the February killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s half-brother.

Kim Jong Nam died at the Kuala Lumpur airport in Malaysia after VX nerve agent was smeared on his face and eyes.

Monday’s designation places trade restrictions on North Korea that are essentially already implemented.

The State Department said that the status limits U.S. foreign assistance and bans defense exports and sales to North Korea.

The label also boosts limits on exports of dual-use items and affects financial transactions to the Asian nation.

Trump and Kim Jong Un have repeatedly traded verbal barbs this year over North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons.

North Korea has long pledged to gain nuclear arms and intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering them to the U.S.

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