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 “old lunatic Trump” has invoked feelings of “hate and spirit to destroy the enemy” among North Koreans, state-run agency, Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, KAPPC, said in a statement.
Critics have pointed out the U.S. decision will further escalate tensions between the two countries after Trump, on Monday, put the country back on the list, saying, “Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago.”
The North Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, said the “heinous gangsters” who put North Korea on “wretched list of ‘terrorism’” have angered Pyongyang and it will find ways to “settle all accounts.”
“Our army and people are full of rage and anger toward the heinous gangsters who dared to put the name of our sacred country in this wretched list of ‘terrorism’ and are hardening their will to settle all accounts with those gangsters at any time in any way,” the agency said in an official statement.
A spokesperson for North Korea’s foreign ministry, said, U.S. government’s decision shows, how it is “just a tool for American style authoritarianism that can be attached or removed at any time in accordance with its interests,” Sky News reported.
North Korea has not launched any missiles since Sept. 15 and critics have argued that it was on a path of de-escalation, but the latest provocation along with the sanctions imposed by Trump administration aimed at crippling the country’s economy could lead to more missile launches by North Korea.
Trump’s September executive order targeted North Korea’s textiles, fishing, information technology and manufacturing industries, and was designed to “cut off sources of revenue that fund North Korea’s efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind.”
North Korea will re-join Iran, Sudan, and Syria who are in the U.S. list of state terrorism, as these countries “repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.”
The East Asian country was on the list for two decades spanning 1988 and 2008 and was taken off during the George W. Bush administration after the country agreed to dismantle part of its nuclear weapons programme.- Telesur