President Donald Trump has designated North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, allowing the US to impose more sanctions on the rogue state.
The move comes after President Trump returned from a 12-day tour of Asia where he made North Korea’s nuclear ambitions a key topic when speaking with National leaders in the region.
President Trump has not ruled out talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but newly implemented sanctions will likely inflame the situation between Pyongyang and the US.
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The American president told reporters at the White House this stance should have happened years ago.
“Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Mr Trump said.
“In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil.”