Nonetheless, the added onus to doing business with Pyongyang - now a designated state terrorism sponsor - could encourage actions outside the USA, said Daniel Pinkston, a North Korea scholar at Troy University in Seoul. Instead, the North Korean media has denounced President Trump in often insulting language to which Trump has responded in twitter messages insulting Kim Jong-Un.
Former US President George W. Bush had removed North Korea from the list in 2008, in a bid to salvage a fragile nuclear deal that was supposed to allow US inspectors access to its main declared nuclear compound, at Yongbyon.
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.
The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Wednesday that the country has no connection to terrorism and "doesn't care whether or not the United States places the hat of terrorism on our heads".
Trump in restoring North Korea to the terror list criticized his predecessor, Barack Obama, for not having taken such a bold move during his eight years on office. The U.S. president called North Korea a "murderous regime", a sentiment he repeated this week.
The Partridge Family Star David Cassidy Hospitalized for Organ Failure
A representative told the New York Daily News that he is conscious and surrounded by family after coming out of an induced coma. Cassidy, 67, disclosed in February that he has dementia.
North Korea joins Iran, Sudan, and Syria - the only countries designated by the U.S.as state sponsors of terrorism.
Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohoma and Kyoto are among the Japanese targets, while Seoul, Degu and Jongwon in South Korea are also identified. North Korean leaders and state media have said North Korea will not negotiate its nuclear program. "The U.N. [Security Council] Sanction 2375 has been operating, so I think it will enhance pressure on Kim Jong Un's regime and global society's distrust on North Korea".
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin made it clear that the latest action is part of Washington's "steadfast determination to maximize economic pressure" to isolate North Korea from outside sources of trade and revenue while exposing its evasive tactics, like ship-to-ship transfers.
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".