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Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

USA considers restoring North Korea in terror sponsor list

USA considers restoring North Korea in terror sponsor list

Without mincing words, the official newspaper of Pyongyang's ruling Workers' Party, the Rodong Sinmum warned that the United States and its regional allies like Japan and South Korea should not mess with Kim Jong-un's regime.

"In the case of our super-mighty preemptive strike being launched, it will completely and immediately wipe out not only USA imperialists' invasion forces in South Korea and its surrounding areas, but the United States mainland and reduce them to ashes", Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North's ruling Workers' Party, wrote on Thursday, as quoted by Reuters.

US President Donal Trump administration is reviewing whether it should restore North Korea in the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

A war of words has broken out recently after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, warned that the '"era of strategic patience" with North Korea is over, adding that any attack would be met with an "overwhelming response". "The move is a delusion aiming to stifle us", the website said on Thursday (20 April).

"We are conducting a practical and more intensive exercise than ever", South Korean pilot Colonel Lee Bum-chul told reporters.

South Korean presidential candidates clashed on Wednesday night in a debate over the planned deployment in South Korea of a US -supplied Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, which has angered China.

North Korea has been under United Nations sanctions aimed at impeding the development of its nuclear and missile programs since 2006.

With Donald Trump in power since January, North Korea has returned to its tactic of missile provocations, while Washington has urged for China's help to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table, although it has not ruled out the possibility of military action. Such statements are agreed by consensus.

The 15-member Security Council traditionally condemns all launches by Pyongyang.

The statement issued later Thursday by the council includes the language Russian Federation wanted.

According to Russia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations, on Wednesday, the USA delegation scaled down the work on the document, refusing to include the call for a settlement of the situation on the Korean peninsula through dialogue in it.

"We are evaluating all of those options", he said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said China believed in the Security Council maintaining unity.

Council members emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and security on the Korean peninsula and in northeast Asia and working "to reduce tensions in the Korean peninsula and beyond".

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