North Korea slams new measure against Nuclear development

North Korea Blasts US Terrorism Blacklisting

The alliance comes as North Korea is increasingly isolated from the global community as its nuclear threats against the USA continue.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-In has opposed any such action, which he believes could precipitate an attack by the North on South Korea, but he too has endorsed United Nations sanctions against the North.

North Korea responded on Wednesday to U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist the county as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling it a "grave provocation and aggressive violation", North Korean state media reported.

The report chillingly warns: "North Korea lacks a clear distinction between the use of nuclear weapons against military targets and their use against civilian targets".

"This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime".

The Republican president, who has traded personal insults with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but has not ruled out talks, said the Treasury Department will announce additional sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

Air China has cancelled flights between Beijing and Pyongyang due to low demand, closing one of the few routes into North Korea.

"We'll have to see what other states do, if they take similar measures or if they reassess their relationship or if they suspend any kinds of economic relations, which we've seen some states doing anyway", he said, pointing to Singapore and the Philippines as examples.

In recent months, Trump has threatened North Korea with "total destruction" if it refuses to curb its nuclear missile program while simultaneously escalating tensions between the USA and North Korea with bombastic name-calling.

North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in early September and has staged 15 missile tests over the course of the year.

Trump's recent decision, however, seemed to have only increased the months-long tensions between the two sides. One of his favorite comments is the USA should have re-designated North Korea as a sponsor of terror "a long time ago" - that was a dig against Obama's policy of "strategic patience" in dealing with the North.

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