President Trump Drops the Hammer, Designates North Korea as State Sponsor of Terrorism

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According to White House reports, President Trump decided to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. The key word in that phrase is relist, as North Korea was already recognized as such for ten years, but it was removed from the “shame-list” in 2008. President Trump told reporters that it should’ve happened years ago, as he was citing North Korean state sponsored assassinations on foreign soil, as he was most probably referring to the murder of “the crazy fat kid”‘  Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam. The latter was killed in Malaysia a few months ago by using a banned chemical weapon. Also, President Trump made a reference at the brutal treatment by North Korean officials which led to Otto Warmbier’s death.

Now, North Korea is joining Syria, Sudan and Iran on the list. It’s worth mentioning that countries which are designated as state sponsors of terrorism “benefit” from a special treatment, i.e. they’re subject to various restrictions on United States foreign assistance, together with controls over exports of dual use items, a ban on defense exports/sales and various other restrictions.

Bush took them off the terrorist list in 2008 in an attempt to get them to negotiate and Obama never changed our stance. Trump is simply correcting a mistake, that’s all.

Trump is slowly but surely getting our foreign policy in the best order it has been in over 30 years.

1. NK is being isolated.

2. Iran is being isolated.

3. ISIS is being destroyed.

4. Saudi Arabia is undertaking drastic reforms to modernize, liberalize and remove the corruption responsible for funding a large portion of radical islam in the Middle East.

5. Egypt is halting the flow of weapons into Gaza/Palestine.

6. China is playing ball with the USA in the Pacific-Asian region

It is a massive undertaking, but so far Trump has made all the right moves.