European researchers claim to have identified North Korea's list of targets

North Korea says US terror sponsor label a ‘serious provocation’. – AFP file

Cuba signaled support for North Korea in an escalating feud between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un over the country's nuclear weapons program and accusations of state-sponsored terrorism.

Critics have pointed out the US decision will further escalate tensions between the two countries after Trump, on Monday, put the country back on the list, saying, "Should have happened a long time ago". Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.

The decision was labelled a "serious provocation" by the North Korean regime.

"The US will be held entirely accountable for all the consequences to be entailed by its impudent provocation to the DPRK", he said, using the initials of its official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. And, according to U.S. officials, some Chinese-based banks and trading firms continue to do business with the North in defiance of United Nations sanctions and USA threats of unilateral measures.

The world's second-largest economy bought goods worth $90.75 million from North Korea in October, down sharply from $145.8 million in September and the lowest on government records going back to January 2014, data from China's General Administration of Customs shows.

"We'll have to see what other states do, if they take similar measures or if they reassess their relationship or if they suspend any kinds of economic relations, which we've seen some states doing anyway", he said, pointing to Singapore and the Philippines as examples.




The order from the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioning a 13 Chinese and North Korean companies and agencies and 20 vessels owned by North Korea added substance to the words of Trump as he denounced North Korea for spreading terror at home and overseas. In recent months, the North conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet and tested a pair of intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the US mainland if perfected.

The US is ratcheting up its sanctions on North Korea in line with its commitment to "maximum pressure" aimed to stop the rogue regime's nuclear and missile menace.

Literally, it means North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

Trump's recent decision, however, seemed to have only increased the months-long tensions between the two sides. The spokesperson noted that their actions included expulsion of North Korean workers and diplomats.

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. One of his favorite comments is the USA should have re-designated North Korea as a sponsor of terror "a long time ago" - that was a dig against Obama's policy of "strategic patience" in dealing with the North.

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