US Considers Relisting DPRK As Terror Sponsor
Added On April 20, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is considering relisting the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a state sponsor of terrorism.
The move is part of an effort to increase pressure on the DPRK over its nuclear program.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Tillerson said the Trump administration is evaluating all of its options to increase pressure on the country.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) REX TILLERSON, US Secretary of State:
"We're reviewing all the status of North Korea, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism and other ways in which we can bring pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang to reengage, but reengage with us on a different footing than the past talks have been held. So yes, we are evaluating all of those options."
Early this month, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed legislation ordering the U.S. State Department to determine whether the DPRK is a state sponsor of terrorism.
In 2008, former President George W. Bush removed the DPRK from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in exchange for the DPRK's scaling back in its nuclear programs.