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Is North Korea set to come off US terror-sponsor list?

ICC Note:

News reports that the US may soon remove North Korea from the list of nations supporting terrorism are particularly disturbing in a nation that has long been the world’s worst persecutor of Christians. The deal would be in response to North Korea’s promises to give up nuclear weapons, despite reports that the country was rebuilding its plants in anger that it had not already been removed from the list.

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10/11/2008 North Korea (CSMonitor) New reports indicate that the US could remove North Korea from the list of nations supporting terrorism very soon, resolving a key issue in convincing North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. But Japanese resistance to the deal may put it on hold.

The Times of London reports that the US could be set to announce North Korea’s delisting as soon as today.

The details of the “verification protocol” are still unclear, and will be scrutinised by those who suspect Mr. Bush of caving into the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il. Conservatives, including some of the president’s former neo-con supporters, object on principle to the deal of cutting a deal with a regime which they regard as murderous, illegitimate and inherently untrustworthy.

North Korea is currently listed by the US as a state supporter of terrorism, but the US agreed to remove North Korea from its list in a nuclear disarmament deal signed in 2007 by both nations, as well as China, South Korea, Japan, and Russia. The Christian Science Monitor reported that last month, North Korea announced that it was restarting its nuclear program, which some believe was due in part to the fact the US had not yet removed the country from the State Department’s terrorism-sponsor list.

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