North Korea: Terror relisting 'disgraceful behavior' by Trump

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

The US removed North Korea from its list in 2008 in a move to try and promote dialogue over its weapons programmes.

The researchers gathered their information from announcements made on North Korean state media and were able to come up with 15 targets on North Korea's list, including the Pentagon, Tokyo and USA strategic sites in the Pacific Ocean. That would close one of the widest loopholes in the efforts to isolate the regime.

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 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.

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The US government is also doing well to encourage other countries to join in.

Critics contend that sanctions have not had significant impact on North Korean policies while Kim has engaged in more missile tests than were ordered by his father, Kim Jong-Il, or grandfather, the founder of the regime, Kim Il-Sung.

So far, five countries - Mexico, Peru, Kuwait, Spain and Italy - have kicked out North Korean ambassadors. The administration has worked to cut global trade ties with the totalitarian nation.

United States officials say Pyongyang is close to developing a nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of striking the USA, and have vowed that a nuclear-armed North Korea will not be tolerated. This week, he mentioned long lines being formed at gas stations in the impoverished country. The recent visit of a special Chinese envoy to North Korea should give a clue to the North's position.

SEOUL, South Korea- North Korea on Wednesday called U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism a "serious provocation" that justifies its development of nuclear weapons. But for now, putting up pressure to an unprecedented level - Trump indicated that the level would be the highest in two weeks - while leaving the door to dialogue open is the sole viable means to take on the Kim regime.

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