North Korea denounces U.S. terror listing as grave provocation

The announcement that the U.S. is putting North Korea back on the blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism isn't expected to have much real impact, sanctions-wise, since the USA already sanctions all things North Korean to essentially the maximum as it is. North Korea's state-run organization, the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, released a separate statement, which called for Washington to immediately withdraw its decision.

The Republican president, who has traded personal insults with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but has not ruled out talks, said the Treasury Department will announce additional sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

Trump warned that the terror designation and sanctions announcement would be part of a series of moves over the next two weeks to reinforce his "maximum pressure campaign" against Kim Jong-Un's regime. "But, it does not bring serious impacts to North Korea's economy".

Air China Ltd. has suspended flights from Beijing to North Korea's capital due to weak demand, a company representative told Caixin on Thursday.

China has been pushing what it calls a "freeze for freeze" agreement that would halt USA and South Korean large-scale military drills in return for North Korea suspending its testing and nuclear program.

North Korea Blasts US Terrorism Blacklisting

After a recent string of missile tests, and its sixth and largest nuclear test in September, North Korea's military testing has been quiet, raising speculation that Pyongyang may be waiting to see what the USA offers to entice it to join talks.

The sanctions showed the determination of the U.S.to stifle trade across the Yalu or Amnok River between the Chinese city of Dandong and Sinuiju on the North Korean side. The U.S. has maintained North Korea must cease its program before negotiations can begin.

As Trump said, the decision reaffirms the U.S. government's commitment to imposing maximum pressure on the Pyongyang government. This has been an alarmingly common combination for United States policy toward North Korea to achieve.

Christopher Hill is the former USA diplomat who was instrumental in persuading first the secretary of state at the time, Condoleezza Rice, and then President Bush, to pull North Korea's name from the "terror list".

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