The U.S. State Secretary Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that Washington is considering relisting North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism as a way of countering the regime’s nuclear and missile provocations.
According to Reuters, Tillerson said at a press conference that the U.S. is reviewing all the status of the North, “both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as the other ways in which we can bring pressure on the regime in Pyongyang to re-engage with us.”
If the relisting is made, it will be the first time in nine years that Pyongyang will be officially considered a sponsor of terrorism.
Washington placed the North on its State Sponsors of Terrorism list in 1987 for the bombing of Korean Air Flight 858, but the George W. Bush administration removed it in November 2008 for meeting nuclear inspection requirements.
The call for restoring the North as a terrorist sponsor has also gained traction since the assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother Kim Jong-nam in Malaysia in February.