North Korea calls terror relisting 'serious provocation' by Trump
Reuters, Nov 22 2017 2:36 PM

North Korea today denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to relist it as a state sponsor of terrorism, calling it a "serious provocation and violent infringement," North Korean state media reported. Trump put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, a designation that allows the United States to impose more sanctions and risks inflaming tension over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile programs.

A spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry denied in an interview with the state media outlet KCNA that his government engaged in any terrorism. He called the state sponsor of terrorism label "just a tool for American style authoritarianism that can be attached or removed at any time in accordance with its interests." The U.S. designation only made North Korea more committed to strengthening its nuclear arsenal, the official said, adding, "The U.S. will be held entirely accountable for all the consequences to be entailed by its impudent provocation."