Portman Praises President Trump’s Decision to Relist North Korea as State Sponsor of Terrorism

November 20, 2017 | Press Releases

CINCINNATI, OH – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s announcement that North Korea will be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism:

“I applaud President Trump’s decision to relist North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. North Korea was removed from the list nearly a decade ago with promises from the regime to limit their nuclear program. That clearly hasn’t happened and they have continued their destabilizing actions in the region.  Their long history of transferring weapons and technology to state-sponsors of terrorism like Iran and Syria, the assassination of a Kim family member on foreign soil, and the brutal treatment of Otto Warmbier, ultimately leading to his death, are only some recent examples of the evil nature of this regime. 

“This designation will serve as an important tool to exert peaceful pressure on the North Korean regime. I will continue to press the State Department to explore all available options to hold this regime accountable for its actions and prevent their continued dangerous behavior.”

NOTE: Under the recently-enacted Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, the State Department was required to inform Congress on whether North Korea meets the criteria as a state sponsor of terrorism.  Portman led a bipartisan letter to the State Department on October 2 outlining the many destabilizing and terror-related acts taken by this rogue regime.