“Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,” President Trump says.
President Donald J. Trump took the next step in an ongoing rivalry with North Korea by announcing that he was designating the tiny country as a state sponsor of terrorism. The move has a twofold effect on relations between both countries, acting both as a symbol showing the world exactly where America stands and making way for pending sanctions against the dictatorship.
- This is not the first time North Korea has found its way onto America’s terrorism watch list. President George W. Bush only removed the country from the list recently, in 2008.
- Trump announced that the move would also bring the “highest level of sanctions” against Pyongyang. These sanctions are designed to make it difficult for Pyongyang to continue with missile and weaponry development.
- The President indicated his firm belief that North Korea should have never been removed from the list in the first place. “Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago.”
- Only three other countries have the same designation: Sudan, Iran, and Syria. All three countries have experienced widespread conflicts over the last 20 years.
- The South Korean military moved into place at the same time, readying their forces for the potential of an attack from their northern counterparts. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they suspected an attack specifically or were being proactive.
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What do you think of North Korea being on the terrorism watch list? Are there other countries you think should be added?