Seoul backs U.S. decision to relist North Korea as state terror sponsor

정부 "테러지원국 재지정, 북핵 평화적해결 기여 기대"

That decision by the Trump administration has the full support of South Korea.
Other nations including Australia and Japan are also on board, as it is in line with efforts to increase sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang.
Kwon Jang-ho fills us in on the responses.
South Korea woke up to the news on Tuesday morning that the U.S. had relisted North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism.
Seoul's foreign ministry issued a statement backing the move.

(Korean)
"The government views this action as part of the international community's efforts to denuclearize North Korea through strong pressure and sanctions, and believes it will help in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully."

Seoul added that they are continuing to work closely with the U.S. on all matters related to trying to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table, and that relisting the regime as a sponsor of terrorism does not change that.
The foreign ministry spokesperson also agreed that assassinations ordered by Pyongyang on foreign soil, such as the murder of Kim Jong-un's half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, in Malaysia earlier this year, constituted a terror attack.

(Korean)
"Our government views Kim Jong-nam's assassination as a clear act of terrorism."
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Other international partners have expressed their support for the White House's decision.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he welcomes the relisting, saying it raises the pressure on North Korea.
And Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said
it mirrors the determination of the international community to bring North Korea, quote, "back to its senses."

(English) Reuters
"Kim Jong-un runs a global criminal operation from North Korea, peddling arms, peddling drugs, engaged in cyber-crime and of course threatening the stability of region with his nuclear weapons."

Kwon Jang-ho, Arirang news.

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