North Korea could be placed on the sponsors of terrorism list
Rex Tillerson claims they aim to “bring pressure to bear” on the Kim Jong-un regime to halt the campaign for nuclear missiles.
Mr Tillerson said: “We're reviewing all the status of North Korea both in terms of state sponsorship of terrorism as well as all the other ways in which we can bring pressure to bear on the regime in Pyongyang.
To reengage with us on a different footing than the past talks have been held
“To reengage with us on a different footing than the past talks have been held. So yes, we're evaluating all of those options.”
The comments follow weeks of escalating pressure in the region, with the US Vice President Mike Pence recently announcing the slightest attack will be “met with an overwhelming response”.
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North Korea was placed on the list for its 1987 midair bombing of a Korean Airlines flight that killed all 115 people aboard, most of whom were from South Korea.
Two agents, acting upon orders from the North Korean government, planted a device in an overhead storage bin during a stop over in Abu Dhabi.
But the US administration under former President George W Bush removed Pyongyang from the list in 2008 in exchange for apparent progress in denuclearisation talks.
Defence expert Melissa Hanham explained that one of the difficulties for the US is locating the reclusive states missiles as the majority of them are road mobile. This means North Korea can keep the missiles continuously moving around the country on trucks.
Bush removed North Korea from the terror list
However, talking to the BBC, she said: “North Korea traditionally relied on the same liquid fuel that Scuds used. This fuel is reliable and cheap, but it is corrosive and cannot be stored in the missile.
“This means that missile convoys have to travel with fuel and oxidizer trucks, making them larger and easier to spot from satellites. It also means the missile cannot be moved or stored while fuelled, so the launch process takes longer.”
Pence warned North Korea that any provocation would be met with force
North Korea has vowed it is prepared to go to war with the US if provoked and over the weekend unveiled a simulation of missile obliterating an unidentified city in the US.
Han Song-Ryol, the vice foreign minster, said the secretive state will continue to launch missile tests on a regular basis.