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North Korea responded on Wednesday to President Donald Trump's recent announcement that the rogue nation would be redesignated as a state sponsor of terrorism.
North Korean state media reported that the nation called the move a “serious provocation and violent infringement.”
On Monday, Trump placed North Korea back on the list, which enables the United States to impose stricter sanctions while also ratcheting up tensions with the Kim Jong Un-led nation.
In an interview with state-run media outlet KCNA, a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry denounced Trump's decision, calling the move “just a tool for American style authoritarianism that can be attached or removed at any time in accordance with its interests.”
“As long as the U.S. continues with its anti-DPRK hostile policy, our deterrence will be further strengthened,” the spokesman added. “The U.S. will be held entirely accountable for all the consequences to be entailed by its impudent provocation to the DPRK.”
The president announced Monday plans to officially declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism during a cabinet meeting.
"Today, the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism,” Trump said, adding that the move “should have happened a long time ago.”