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North Korea Blasts US Terrorism Blacklisting

24 November 2017

The suspension comes shortly after US President Donald Trump visited Beijing and pressed his counterpart Xi Jinping to do more to rein in North Korea's nuclear programme. Air China last cancelled flights to North Korea in April, citing low customer demand, but resumed them soon after. 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 move infuriated China, which is North Korea's main trading partner.

A spokesperson for North Korea's foreign ministry, said, USA government's decision shows, how it is "just a tool for American style authoritarianism that can be attached or removed at any time in accordance with its interests", Sky News reported.

The US government is also doing well to encourage other countries to join in. "And, the question is, how long this type of pressure will be kept up by China", said Silberstein. The White House has said it will not tolerate the North's testing or deployment of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead to U.S. cities. The U.S. has maintained North Korea must cease its program before negotiations can begin.

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"That's based on the assumption that the likelihood or the probability of returning to dialogue was high or the two sides were going to meet or there was going to be some diplomatic process that was going to be initiated", Pinkston said, "and that possibly North Korea would bargain in good faith to fulfill its previous non-proliferation commitments and work towards denuclearization, but I think that's unlikely", he said.

When asked on Tuesday whether Air China had stopped flights to Pyongyang and closed their offices there, China's foreign ministry said it was unaware of the company's situation.

Critics have pointed out the USA 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".

As Trump said, the decision reaffirms the USA government's commitment to imposing maximum pressure on the Pyongyang government. It was that year that Bush removed North Korea from the "terror" list in hopes of persuading North Korea to abide by agreements hammered out in six-party talks calling for a specific schedule for dismantling its nuclear program. 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.

North Korea Blasts US Terrorism Blacklisting