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U.S. considers relisting DPRK as state sponsor of terrorism: U.S. top diplomat

(Xinhua)    08:19, April 20, 2017

WASHINGTON, April 19 -- U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United Statesis reviewing ways to pressure the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including whether to relist the DPRK as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Speaking here at a press conference, Tillerson said the Trump administration is evaluating all options, both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism and other ways to bring pressure on the DPRK to "reengage" with the United States "on a different footing than the past talks have been held."

Early this month, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a legislation ordering the U.S. State Department to determine whether the DPRK is a state sponsor of terrorism.

Currently, no news reports had indicated that the U.S. Senate had already voted on the House bill.

Tillerson is required to submit a report within 90 days after the enactment of the bill on whether the DPRK should be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush in 2008 removed the DPRK from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism in exchange for the DPRK's scaling back in its nuclear programs.

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