North Koreans critical of U.S. terror list decision


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 report adds: "Pyongyang repeatedly threatens both United States bases in the Asia-Pacific and cities on the U.S. mainland, while the media repeats the threat that North Korean "strategic forces" are ready at any time to strike the USA mainland, their stronghold, their military bases in the operational theatres in the Pacific, including Hawaii and Guam, and those in South Korea".

The US designation only made North Korea more committed to retaining its nuclear arsenal, the official said. Standing front and center on the world stage, the American President called Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man", as well as a series of other slurs better suited for a speech by a middle school preteen running for class president.

The US is ratcheting up its sanctions on North Korea in line with its commitment to "maximum pressure" aimed to stop the rogue regime's nuclear and missile menace.

New U.S. sanctions announced Tuesday against North Korea may add some substance to the symbolism, but only if China - which accounts for nearly all of North Korea's trade - decides to help.

North Korea seeks to instil doubts among those who think that it would not respond to strikes against its nuclear and missile sites out of a fear of escalation and, ultimately, regime collapse.

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This continues a trend in which US-North Korea relations appear to send a lot of mixed messages. On Tuesday the U.S. unveiled its fresh sanctions which also targeted North Korean shipping, raising the pressure on the North to abandon its nuclear programme.

The sanctions showed the determination of the stifle trade across the Yalu or Amnok River between the Chinese city of Dandong and Sinuiju on the North Korean side.

The US removed North Korea from the list back in 2008 as part of an effort to improve ties.

Air China's decision came shortly after a visit by a senior Chinese envoy to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

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