U.S. continues listing Iran onto state sponsors of terrorism (2)

08:54, August 06, 2010      

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But the Obama administration has refused to re-list the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) as the State Sponsors of Terrorism despite mounting pressure from U.S. lawmakers.

Under the six-party talks framework which characterized with " action for action", on Oct. 11, 2008, following Pyongyang agreed to all U.S. nuclear inspection demands, the Bush administration responded by removing the DPRK from the terrorism blacklist.

But voice asking to put the DPRK back on the list has been surging inside the United States since Pyongyang boycotted the six- party talks, conducted an underground nuclear test on May 25, 2009, and subsequently fired at least seven ballistic missiles.

Country Reports on Terrorism is an annual report published by U. S. Department of State. According to U.S. law, the secretary f state should provide Congress a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries and groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation.

Beginning with the report for 2004, it replaced the Patterns of Global Terrorism Report, which had been released since 1985.

Source: Xinhua

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