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    Trump Designates North Korea as State Sponsor of Terrorism - White House

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    As the North Korean crisis shows no signs of abating, US President Donald Trump has announced new restrictive measures against Pyongyang.

    Speaking at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House on Monday, Trump said the US Treasury Department will start announcing additional major sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

    "It will be the highest level of sanctions by the time it is finished over a two week period," he added.

    At the same time, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter on Monday to say that Trump had also designated The DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism. The country will join on the list such countries as Iran, Syria and Sudan.

    The DPRK  was removed from the list of terrorism sponsors in 2008 under President George W. Bush in order to facilitate the talks on the prevention of Pyongyang's nuclear program.

    The designation comes a week after Trump came back from his major foreign tour since becoming the president. Having visited a number of Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Vietnam, China he discussed the North Korean issues with regional leaders.

    The tensions over the DPRK's nuclear program have been rising steadily in the recent months. North Korea has conducted several ballistic missile and nuclear tests in violation of UN Security Council resolution.

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