Last week, Senator Portman, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the State Department to redesignate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, saying that “the case is clear” and “this would be one more important step to exert peaceful pressure on the North Korean regime and has received broad, bipartisan support in Congress.” Last night, the deadline for the State Department to act passed without North Korea being listed as a state sponsor of terror.

A report on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier highlights Portman’s efforts to relist North Korea a state sponsor of terror and hold the rogue regime accountable for its destabilizing and dangerous actions around the world.

The Fox News report can be seen here and excerpts of the report can be found below:

Bret Baier: “The State Department will miss its deadline on whether to redesignate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism. Correspondent Rich Edson joins us from the State Department tonight with why the Secretary of State is delaying this decision.”

Rich Edson: “The congressional deadline is in less than six hours. Sources say the State Department will miss that. Officials say they want to keep a possible designation as an option, heading into negotiations next week between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. At the White House this afternoon, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster offered a case to designate North Korea…”

Senator Portman: “They were designated that way. In 2008 it was changed. But it was changed because we were willing to remove they designation in exchange for them making certain commitments on their nuclear program that they did not keep.”

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