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North Korea warns U.S., says terror relisting move 'serious provocation'

23 November 2017

However, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang also asserted that the decision was not political, adding that he hadn't even heard anything about it when asked at a Tuesday press conference in Beijing.

North Korea has lambasted the US for relisting it as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling the move a "serious provocation" and vowing to continue building up its "treasured nuclear sword".

While not reported, when the airline plans to restore regular flights from the Chinese capital to the capital of North Korea, however, the representatives of the company stated that it is likely that in the future flights in this direction will be implemented.

The US designation only made North Korea more committed to retaining its nuclear arsenal, the official said.

Experts say the US decision to put North Korea back on its terrorism blacklist will have limited practical effect, but may make a diplomatic solution of the standoff over its nuclear weapons program more hard.

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Da says the move "will arouse diplomatic reactions and hatred toward the US from North Korea" and could even prompt the North to resume missile tests.

KCNA later published a separate statement attributed to a spokesman of the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, a North Korean state organization, which said the move by "old lunatic Trump" has caused the North Korean army and people to explode in "hate and spirit to destroy the enemy".

The US on Tuesday unveiled new sanctions targeting North Korean shipping and Chinese traders doing business with Pyongyang, again raising the pressure on the pariah state to abandon its nuclear programme.

Japan's leader has welcomed America's re-designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terror. He has threatened to "totally destroy" the country if it threatens the United States or its allies.

North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step as the administration already has the authority to impose virtually any sanctions it wants on Kim Jong Un's government over its nuclear weapons development.

North Korea warns U.S., says terror relisting move 'serious provocation'