President Trump announced his intent to name North Korea a state sponsor of terror on Monday, reversing President Bush’s 2008 decision to take the regime off the list.
The backdrop: Trump discussed the escalating North Korean nuclear threat with President Xi of China and President Moon of South Korea during his recent Asia trip. The White House has long been considering a decision to put North Korea back on the list. North Korea joins Iran, Sudan, and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
North Korea, which was on the list from 1988-2008, was taken off after it agreed to dismantle some of its nuclear weapons program, but as Congress noted in April this year, “North Korea has failed to live up to these commitments.”
U.S. law requires the Secretary of State to provide Congress, by April 30 of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is entitled Country Reports on Terrorism. Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the previously published Patterns of Global Terrorism.