President Donald Trump announced this week that he is placing North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
According to CNN, Trump announced the decision Monday during a public meeting with his cabinet at the White House and said further sanctions were on the way.
“Today the United States is designating the North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,” Trump said.
“The North Korean regime must be lawful. It must end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development, and cease all support for international terrorism — which it is not doing,” the president added.
Trump also claimed that North Korea has “repeatedly” sponsored acts of terrorism, including “assassinations on foreign soil.” The president also cited Otto Warmbier, the American student who died in June after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.
According to Newsweek:
“North Korea was previously designated a state sponsor of terror in 1988 but was removed from the list in 2008 by former President George W. Bush. It now joins Iran, Syria and Sudan on the list, which is overseen by the State Department. Countries placed on this list are determined by the secretary of state to have ‘repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism’ and can face economic consequences as a result.’”
Considering North Korea was already designated a state sponsor of terror, is Trump’s move indicative of the world moving forward? Or is it merely reverting back to tried and failed strategies that do nothing to offer the world stability and security?
“We’ve had the North Koreans on the state sponsor of terror before…Putting them back on accomplishes nothing,” Lt. Col. Eric C. Anderson, a retired U.S. Air Force intelligence officer with extensive experience with North Korea told Newsweek.
“There’s no evidence that points to the fact North Koreans are state sponsors of terror anywhere,” he added.
Even Newsweek acknowledged that Saudi Arabia, the country that produced almost all of the 9/11 hijackers, continues to get a free pass. As Anti-Media has previously explained, Saudi Arabia’s extensive support for terrorism makes North Korea pale in comparison.
Further, it sounds more like Trump is describing the United States rather than any other country in the world when he cites sponsorship of terror and assassinations on foreign soil.
The United States has repeatedly assassinated American citizens on foreign soil, making any claim against North Korea completely meaningless. The U.S. also has a long history of sponsoring terrorists and providing arms and security for countries that export terrorism while creating an endless cycle of terrorism through their brutal wars of aggression.
North Korea’s quasi-allies of Russia, China, and Iran — three countries also resistant to the U.S. — are already trying their hardest to circumvent American-led sanctions, meaning whatever America decides to do in rhetoric in the years to come will likely have a negligible effect.