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North Korea Blasts US Terrorism Blacklisting

According to a report in The Financial Chronicle, Air China has suspended flights to North Korea, further limiting the secretive state's links with the outside world, in what the government said was a business decision with no political motives. It is very unusual for a North Korean leader to shun a top envoy from China.

The U.S. first put North Korea on the terror sponsor list for the 1987 bombing of a South Korean commercial plane, which killed all 115 people aboard.

North Korea has criticized the USA for relisting the country as a state sponsor of terrorism. The response came shortly after China, the North's sole ally, also rejected as "wrong" new U.S. sanctions that targeted Chinese companies doing business with the pariah state.

Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohoma and Kyoto are among the Japanese targets, while Seoul, Degu and Jongwon in South Korea are also identified.

The US removed North Korea from the list back in 2008 as part of an effort to improve ties.

More seriously, however, Trump during his recent swing to East Asian capitals sought to line up broad support for tough policies toward North Korea.

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North Korea joins Iran, Sudan, and Syria - the only countries designated by the U.S.as state sponsors of terrorism.

North Korea has not launched any missiles since September 15 and critics have argued that it was on a path of de-escalation, but the latest provocation along with the sanctions imposed by Trump administration aimed at crippling the country's economy could lead to more missile launches by North Korea.

Trump said strong USA sanctions "supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime" - a claim that no one would deny.

USA diplomats responsible for negotiating with the North Koreans in previous years were by and large supportive of strong sanctions - and also of calling North Korea a "terror state".

While China has backed the United Nations measures, it has been reluctant to take the more drastic step of cutting off oil supplies through a pipeline to North Korea's lone refinery, fearing that regime collapse could lead to chaos on their common border.

Upon making his decision public during a White House cabinet meeting on Monday, Trump accused the North of backing "acts of global terrorism" and said the move should have been made "years ago".

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