by Jason Frerichs
Donald Trump has put North Korea back on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism. The only other countries with this designation are Iran, Sudan, and Syria. This designation allows the US to impose more economic sanctions and exacerbates the already volatile relations between the two countries. This action comes on the heels of a 12-day Asia trip where Trump made his opinion on North Korea the focal point of his visit.
“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. North Korea is building a nuclear weapons and missiles program despite sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council. On September 3rd, North Korea fired two missiles over Japan and has not shied away from speculation that they are developing a missile capable of hitting the US.
Chair of the Iowa Democratic Party Progressive Caucus