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When Does North Korea Get Re-Listed as a State Sponsor of Terrorism?

May 31st, 2013 - 1:00 am

Iran’s global extravaganza of state-sponsored terrorism is getting some well-deserved attention this week, with the release of the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Terrorism, plus the sentencing of dual national Iranian-American Manssor Arbabsiar (for conspiring with Iran’s Qods Force to try to bomb the Saudi ambassador in Washington), plus the massive indictment issued by Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman (whose investigation of the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center, AMIA, in Buenos Aires, has uncovered Iranian terror networks throughout Latin America).

But spare a thought, also, for Iran’s partner in proliferation and exemplar of evil — North Korea. The State Department roster of State Sponsors of Terrorism is weirdly short, with just four countries listed: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Why isn’t North Korea on the list?

The short answer is that from 1988-2008, the U.S. did indeed list North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism — a distinction that North Korea had richly earned, with its career of bombings, abductions, and weapons traffic and training for fellow terror-sponsoring states.  The Bush administration removed North Korea from the list in late 2008, in a desperate last-ditch attempt to salvage the ill-conceived, duplicitously conducted, and utterly failed 2007 nuclear freeze deal piloted by special envoy Chris Hill.

Since then, North Korea — in its official Non-Terrorist-Sponsoring incarnation — has carried out a slew of missile tests (including long-range ballistic missiles); conducted two nuclear tests,  in 2009 and 2013; torpedoed and sunk a South Korean frigate, the Cheonan (killing more than 40); shelled the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong (killing four);  dispatched weapons shipments to Iran and Hezbollah; and threatened nuclear strikes on Washington, Seoul, and the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

In addition, according to the State Department, North Korea has yet to provide a full accounting for at least 12 Japanese citizens believed to have been abducted by North Korean “state entities” in the 1970s and 1980s. (Think about that — being kidnapped and held in North Korea for more than 30 years. At what point, for the abductees and their families, is that no longer supposed to qualify as state-sponsored terrorism?).

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We ship arms and aid to Jihadi 'rebels' in other countries who behead and bomb....and we have a 'terrorist nation' list... LOLOLOL
45 weeks ago
45 weeks ago Link To Comment
Until this "administration" gets past the micro-management of their prior micro-management of their scandals that hasn't worked, they can't even address foreign policy or rogue nations.
But then, Barracky boy could have a Commander in Chief spasm, and proclaim a "no fly zone" in Syria from the 13th hole at Royal Portrush in Ireland.
Congress is too busy telling you that you put too much cream and sugar in your in your diluted tea to address anything substantial.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
Maybe the term 'terrorist' is once again evolving back to its more traditional universal defintition. For awhile now, the term terrorist has been politically weighted to leverage for a polarizing effect. Today, the term terrorist can literally be applied as any person, group or national state that stands in opposition of...... or commits violent acts to......... North Korea today??
46 weeks ago
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All I know is that words, and word meanings, mean nothing to leftists. Words are mere confetti, and Truth is but an impediment. One that can be scaled by just .. saying the words that the uninformed and ideologically predisposed (like Zeke1, here) want to hear.

As for the "traditional universal definition" of terrorism, has it changed? Terrorism is the intentional, violent targeting of unarmed, unsuspecting workaday civilians (see 9/11) for the purpose of advancing a political or ideological agenda (see political Islam).
46 weeks ago
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Pick and choose your definition(s) anyway you like -- thats been the populist political and social thing for a few decades now and precisely what I elluded to. Whatever floats your boat yank.
46 weeks ago
46 weeks ago Link To Comment
Nothing will change in the next 3+ years. It is the Obama Doctrine: Speak sweetly (while bowing deeply) and carry a big white feather (the better to hide a drone with).
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