U.S. legislators push to have North Korea listed as sponsor of terrorism

It might surprise readers that this not done long ago: Lawmakers in the  U.S. House of Representatives are pushing to have North Korea designated  a state sponsor of terrorism, with Iran, Sudan and Syria, eight years after the Communist dictatorship was taken off the list to ease  the way for aid-for-disarmament negotiations that soon collapsed because of North Korean violations.

A bill approved by a House committee  June 16  would ask the State Department to report to Congress within 90 days on whether a list of acts by North Korea, including assassinations of dissidents and weapons sales to such militant groups  as Hamas and Hezbollah, constitute support for international terrorism.

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