North Korea Unwise, Unhelpful, But Not A Terrorist

first_img Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News News Despite a written request signed by eight U.S. senators asking that North Korea be put back on the State Department’s State Sponsors of Terrorism List, it seems unlikely that any such move will be considered.The letter, sent on Tuesday June 2nd to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, was signed by Senators Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Tom Coburn (Okla.), John Cornyn (Texas), Jim DeMint (S.C.), John Ensign (Nev.), Mike Enzi (Wyo.), Jeff Sessions (Ala.) and David Vitter (La.). In it the senators claimed that North Korea “has neither ended its sponsorship of terror activities nor moved in the direction intended when President Bush de-listed the DPRK,” and stated, “It is critical that the DPRK be placed back on the list without delay and that its regime is denied access to multinational loans and other financial vehicles that help fund their destabilizing activities.” Former Presidential candidate John McCain (Ariz.), speaking at the Senate Armed Services Committee, made a similar demand on the basis that the U.S. must “make sure they’re not able to export their technology or their equipment.”North Korea was initially added to the list due to its provision of asylum for Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction members who had hijacked a Japanese Airlines flight from Tokyo to Fukuoka and taken it to North Korea in 1970. As many as five of the hijackers are said to be still alive and living in the North. Other actions which led to North Korea’s state sponsor designation include the destruction of Korean Air Flight 858 over the Andaman Sea in 1987, and the Rangoon bombing of 1983 which killed a number of South Korean politicians. It has also been alleged that as late as 2001 the North was responsible for selling weapons to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the Philippines’ biggest terror group.However, a State Department spokesman said on Wednesday that the Department no longer considers North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, and in the absence of any evidence of further terrorist acts is not prepared to put them back on the list. The spokesman pointed out, “Firing off missiles and over-heated rhetoric is unwise and unhelpful, but does not meet the legal definition of terrorism.” “To list a country on the terrorism list, there’s a legal requirement… And what we’ve seen so far, I don’t think meets that legal test,” he concluded. AvatarChris Green There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Chris Green – 2009.06.04 10:38am RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Facebook Twitter News North Korea Unwise, Unhelpful, But Not A Terrorist SHARE North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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