North Korea warns United States, says terror relisting move 'serious provocation'

North Korea Blasts US Terrorism Blacklisting

Nonetheless, the added onus to doing business with Pyongyang - now a designated state terrorism sponsor - could encourage actions outside the US, said Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea scholar at Troy University in Seoul.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the Sungri Motor Complex in Pyeongannam-do.

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced that North Korea was put back on Washington's list of state sponsors of terrorism for the first time in nine years.

In recent months, Trump has threatened North Korea with "total destruction" if it refuses to curb its nuclear missile program while simultaneously escalating tensions between the US and North Korea with bombastic name-calling.

Calling the U.S.' latest move a "serious provocation and violent infringement", North Korea has slammed Trump administration's decision of relisting the country as a state sponsor of terror. The sanctions specifically named four companies in Dandong that have been trading with North Korea despite United Nations sanctions that China's President Xi Jinping has said he fully supports.

But analysts question whether the moves, which also target Chinese trade, can get North Korea to the negotiating table.

Lately there has been some increased rhetoric regarding the continued situation in North Korea.

Trump in restoring North Korea to the terror list criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama, for not having taken such a bold move during his eight years on office.

North Korea joins Iran, Sudan, and Syria - the only countries designated by the U.S.as state sponsors of terrorism.

Trump said strong USA sanctions "supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime" - a claim that no one would deny.

Air China Ltd. has suspended flights from Beijing to North Korea's capital due to weak demand, a company representative told Caixin on Thursday.

Christopher Hill is the former US diplomat who was instrumental in persuading first the secretary of state at the time, Condoleezza Rice, and then President Bush, to pull North Korea's name from the "terror list".

Trump on Tuesday said North Korea was not only threatening the world with "nuclear devastation" but it also was responsible for repeatedly supporting "acts of worldwide terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil".

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