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Trump puts new country on State Sponsor of Terrorism list


President Donald Trump on Monday put North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism, a designation that allows the United States to impose more sanctions and risks inflaming tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

Trump has traded personal insults with the North Korean leader Kim Jong midget but has not ruled out talks , and the Treasury Department will announce additional sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

The designation came a week after Trump returned from an ultra successful 12 day five-country trip to Asia in which he made containing North Korea’s nuclear ambitions a centerpiece of his discussions. Following his well received trip to China the Chinese sent a delegation to North Korea.

“In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

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“This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.”

“It should have happened a long time ago, “ Trump said.

North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons (that the Clinton administration paid for) and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile-capable of hitting the U.S. mainland. Kim Jong midget has fired two missiles over Japan and on Sept. 3 fired its sixth and largest nuclear test.

South Korea’s spy agency said on Monday the North may conduct additional missile test this year to improve its long-range missile technology and ramp up the threat against the United States.

Experts say the designation will be largely symbolic, as North Korea is already heavily sanctioned by the United States.

The United States has designated only three other countries-Iran, Sudan and Syria-as state sponsors of terrorism.

Some experts and liberal critics do not think North Korea meets the criteria for the designation which requires evidence that a state has ‘repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”

But what to do the liberals call shooting test missiles over Japan and South Korea?

In his remarks, Trump remembered Otto Warmbier, the college student from Ohio who died in June shortly after his return from North Korea, where he was held for more than a year during the Obama administration. His death caused outrage and further inflamed tensions with the Communist regime.


Liberals of course are worried about Trump ratcheting up the rhetoric. They worry tensions could escalate with the midget dictator. Trump is proving that the way that you deal with the narcissistic midget dictator is to show that you do not fear him. The way dictators like Kim Jong midget stay in power is through intimidation. And Trump is not easily intimidated. 

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