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North Korea warns United States, says terror relisting move 'serious provocation'

North Korea warns United States, says terror relisting move 'serious provocation'

"In this regard, the new sanctions have new characteristics".

Critics contend that sanctions have not had significant impact on North Korean policies while Kim has engaged in more missile tests than were ordered by his father, Kim Jong-Il, or grandfather, the founder of the regime, Kim Il-Sung.

The world's second-largest economy bought goods worth $90.75 million from North Korea in October, down sharply from $145.8 million in September and the lowest on government records going back to January 2014, data from China's General Administration of Customs shows.

The US designation only made North Korea more committed to retaining its nuclear arsenal, the official said.

But he cautions that much depends on cooperation among the region's actors.

Whatever the actual U.S. intentions on the matter, putting North Korea back on the terror list accomplishes nothing, but risks damaging diplomacy.

"North Korean labor overseas, for example, has been sent home".

These and other sanctions will surely give North Korea a hard time. "And, the question is, how long this type of pressure will be kept up by China", said Silberstein.

But the North remained defiant on Wednesday, vowing to continue building up its nuclear force in the face of repeated U.S. sanctions and threats.

USA diplomats responsible for negotiating with the North Koreans in previous years were by and large supportive of strong sanctions - and also of calling North Korea a "terror state".

The US removed North Korea from the list back in 2008 as part of an effort to improve ties.

Literally, it means North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror.

North Korea has yet to comment on the defection of a North Korean soldier who is being treated for gunshot wounds in South Korea after being shot by comrades during his escape.

The United Nations Command, the unified command structure for the South Korean side of the border with North Korea, said on Wednesday the North's Korean People's Army violated the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement.

When asked on Tuesday whether Air China had stopped flights to Pyongyang and closed their offices there, China's foreign ministry said it was unaware of the company's situation.

Mr Trump told reporters on Monday the decision "should have happened years ago" and demanded Pyongyang: "end its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development". North Korea quickly lashed out at Trump, calling him a "kingpin of all kinds of terrorism" and accusing him of being unable to prevent terrorism in his own country.

"It has become nearly a cliché in policy circles to state that North Korea is a rational, strategic actor".