Ed Royce

Trump says U.S. will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror

Trump says U.S. will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terror

President Donald Trump moved Monday to label North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, a largely symbolic action that underscored the bleak prospects his administration sees for a swift diplomatic resolution to an escalating nuclear standoff.

Trump's announcement opens North Korea to a few new U.S. sanctions and potential legal liabilities. But it is unlikely to have wide practical effect on a nation that has managed to develop nuclear weapons and sophisticated intercontinental ballistic missiles despite a heavy yoke of existing sanctions.

"It should have happened a long time ago. It should have happened years ago," Trump said at the White House.

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