North Korea: Back on the State Sponsors of Terrorism Lists? [January 21, 2015]   [open pdf - 342KB]

"From 1988 until 2008, the State Department designated the government of North Korea, officially known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), as a state sponsor of terrorism. Since the Bush Administration's October 2008 removal of the DPRK from the three state sponsors of terrorism lists (see 'Listing a Country as a State Sponsor of Terrorism,' below), provocative actions by North Korea periodically have been followed by calls for the Obama Administration to redesignate Pyongyang as a terrorism sponsor. The state sponsors lists include governments that the Secretary of State determines have 'repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.' As of January 2015, the governments of Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria are on the lists. The calls to redesignate North Korea were particularly intense in 2010, following the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, as well as in late 2014, following a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment and a threat against theater-goers to Sony's movie, 'The Interview'. […] Since 2008, Members of Congress have made several legislative attempts to challenge the Bush Administration's decision to remove North Korea's state sponsor of terrorism designation. In the 114th Congress, H.R. 204 expresses the sense of Congress that the Secretary of State should redesignate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. H.R. 1771, the North Korea Sanctions Enforcement Act from the 113th Congress, would have imposed many of the restrictions on the DPRK that would be triggered if it were redesignated as a state sponsor of terrorism. The House passed H.R. 1771 in July 2014, and many expect that a similar bill will be introduced in the 114th Congress."

Report Number:CRS Report for Congress, R43865
Author:Rennack, Dianne E.
Manyin, Mark E.
Chanlett-Avery, Emma
Rollins, John
Rinehart, Ian E.
Publisher:Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Copyright:Public Domain
Retrieved From:Federation of American Scientists: http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/index.html
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