North Korea may be the Hermit Kingdom, but it exports plenty of death and destruction around the world. More than just the insidious authoritarian socialist ideology, Kim Jong Un and his dictator forefathers also provide the likes of theocratic Iran with missile and nuclear technology to threaten innocent people all over the globe.
Why North Korea was ever taken off the list of State Sponsors of Terror is beyond the comprehension of any reasonable person, but luckily the United States has a Commander-in-Chief that is not a fan of pussy-footing around politically correct narratives, even on the international stage.
Tuesday, Trump announced that the despotic North Korean regime would be put back on that list, earning praise from Asian allies, and ruffling the feathers of competing powers like China.
From the New York Post:
“South Korea and Japan on Tuesday welcomed U.S. President Donald Trump’s move to put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism, saying it will ramp up pressure on the reclusive regime to get rid of its nuclear weapons.
The designation, announced on Monday, allows the United States to impose more sanctions on North Korea, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.
“I welcome and support (the designation) as it raises the pressure on North Korea,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters.
South Korea said it expected the listing to contribute to peaceful denuclearisation, the foreign ministry said in a text message.
North Korea has vowed never to give up its nuclear weapons program, which it defends as a necessary defense against U.S. plans to invade. The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Korean war, denies any such plans.
In Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China had noted the reports on the U.S. decision.
“Currently, the situation on the Korean peninsula is complicated and sensitive,” Lu told a daily news briefing.
“We still hope all relevant parties can do more to alleviate the situation and do more that is conducive to all relevant parties returning to the correct path of negotiation, dialogue and consultation to resolve the peninsula nuclear issue.”
Read more reactions here.