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U.S. declares North Korea a terror sponsor; new sanctions anticipated

Anthony Ruggiero
30th December 2017 - Quoted by Matthew Pennington and Zeke Miller - Associated Press

President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Korea‘s “murderous regime” on America‘s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang‘s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader‘s half brother in February.

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Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank, said the designation does not grant sanctions authority that the administration does not already have but will help “push additional countries to cut commercial and diplomatic ties with North Korea.”

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