US President Donald Trump this week declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, a spot on a US blacklist Pyongyang had shed almost a decade ago. In its first reaction to President Trump's designation, a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry called the decision as a serious provocation. Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
North Korea, however, deals commercially with China on a number of different levels, including trade across the river that is technically illegal.
These and other sanctions will surely give North Korea a hard time.
North Korea has been accelerating its pursuit of nuclear weapons capable of targeting the United States and its Asian allies.
The UN is investigating seven African countries for possible violations of its sanctions on North Korea, such as commissioning construction projects and buying arms.
The UN cracked down on North Korea's sales of its huge socialist-style statues this year in response to a nuclear test it conducted in September.
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Air China's decision came shortly after a visit by a senior Chinese envoy to the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
Literally, it means North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.
"That's based on the assumption that the likelihood or the probability of returning to dialogue was high or the two sides were going to meet or there was going to be some diplomatic process that was going to be initiated", Pinkston said, "and that possibly North Korea would bargain in good faith to fulfill its previous non-proliferation commitments and work towards denuclearization, but I think that's unlikely", he said.
North Korea did not immediately respond to being accused again of sponsoring terrorism but lashed out at Trump for insulting the leadership in Pyongyang during a speech this month in South Korea. It was that year that Bush removed North Korea from the "terror" list in hopes of persuading North Korea to abide by agreements hammered out in six-party talks calling for a specific schedule for dismantling its nuclear program.