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senate Bill S. 672

Should the State Dept. Consider Putting North Korea Back On the List of State Sponsors of Terrorism?

Argument in favor

North Korea has pushed ahead with its nuclear weapons program, behaves in a belligerent manner towards its neighbors, and has supported terror groups like Hezbollah. The rogue state should be put back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism and face related sanctions.

Nicholas's Opinion
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11/19/2017
North Korea is a belligerent rogue state, and should be considered more than a state sponsor of terrorism, but rather a terrorist state, as well as a hostage state.
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Wayne's Opinion
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11/19/2017
Absolutely, they have demonstrated hostility towards the US and it’s allies on many occasions. They continue their tuff talk and demonstrate their foolish actions. Make it ‘Official’, they are terrorist.
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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11/19/2017
They are and always have been. This question is oxymoronic.
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Argument opposed

North Korea may be reckless in pursuing a nuclear weapons program and its interactions with neighboring countries, but that doesn’t mean they should be considered a state sponsor of terror. The country was removed from the list as a reward for vowing to stop its nuclear program.

OlderNWiser's Opinion
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11/19/2017
Don’t prod the angry bear. Why do so many old white men who never served love war? Why do we allow an irrational impaired man to take out all that is precious in our country while insulting others? No, stop it.
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Patric's Opinion
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11/19/2017
Please explain why? If possessing nuclear capacity and missiles makes one a terrorist state, than the U.S., Israel and many others qualify. Has North Korea conducted any terrorist acts or facilitated those of others SINCE THEY WERE REMOVED FROM THE LIST? Why is verbally fueling a paranoid dictator iconsidered a good strategy for deterrence, when the only message it sends is to develop your missiles faster?
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RadicalModerate's Opinion
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11/19/2017
Put North Korea on a list of nations who have been psychologically fucked over by America and Japan. They are victims of abuse and we know how the old men in our government treat victims of abuse don’t we?
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      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
    IntroducedMarch 21st, 2017

What is Senate Bill S. 672?

This bill would start the process of re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism after the country had been removed from the list in 2008 because of promises it made to stop its nuclear weapons program. It notes that North Korea has provided weapons to terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and has harbored members of the Japanese Red Army following attacks they’ve carried out. The bill would call on the Secretary of State to provide Congress with a report that evaluates whether North Korea should be added to the list of state sponsors of terrorism within 90 days of its enactment.

Currently, the State Department lists three countries as state sponsors of terrorism, all of which have been on the list for more than two decades: Iran (1984), Sudan (1993), and Syria (1979). The sanctions imposed as a result of this designation fall into four major categories:

  • Restrictions on U.S. foreign aid to the country;

  • A ban on defense exports and sales;

  • Controls placed on the export of items that can be used for civilian or military purposes;

  • Miscellaneous financial and other restrictions.

Impact

The government of North Korea; and the State Department.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 672

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Ted Cruz (R-TX) introduced this bill to punish North Korea for its belligerent behavior towards South Korea and Japan, in addition to its aiding terror groups, by starting the process of adding the country back onto the list of state sponsors of terrorism. In the context of North Korea’s ongoing ballistic missile tests, Poe said inaction could embolden the rogue state into taking even more aggressive actions against its neighbors and the U.S.:

“Nearly a decade ago, the United States de-listed the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) as a state sponsor of terrorism in exchange for guarantees to give up its nuclear program. Much like the ill-fated 1994 ‘Agreed Framework’ that gave North Korea nuclear technology, the result of this deal was a disaster: Kim Jong-un oversaw two nuclear tests and over twenty ballistic missile tests last year alone, and has persisted in utilizing terror as an instrument of state policy. I welcome Secretary Tillerson's distancing U.S. policy from the Obama administration’s "strategic patience" approach and look forward to working with the Trump administration to chart a more stable, secure future for Northeast Asia. Now is the time to bring added financial pressure to Pyongyang and hold them accountable for their actions.

This legislation has the support of nine cosponsors in the Senate, all of whom are Republicans.

Of Note: The Trump administration announced that it will make a decision on designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism the week of November 20, 2017.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: MarkRubens / iStock)

AKA

North Korea State Sponsor of Terrorism Designation Act of 2017

Official Title

A bill to require a report on designation of North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism, and for other purposes.

    North Korea is a belligerent rogue state, and should be considered more than a state sponsor of terrorism, but rather a terrorist state, as well as a hostage state.
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    Don’t prod the angry bear. Why do so many old white men who never served love war? Why do we allow an irrational impaired man to take out all that is precious in our country while insulting others? No, stop it.
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    Please explain why? If possessing nuclear capacity and missiles makes one a terrorist state, than the U.S., Israel and many others qualify. Has North Korea conducted any terrorist acts or facilitated those of others SINCE THEY WERE REMOVED FROM THE LIST? Why is verbally fueling a paranoid dictator iconsidered a good strategy for deterrence, when the only message it sends is to develop your missiles faster?
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    Put North Korea on a list of nations who have been psychologically fucked over by America and Japan. They are victims of abuse and we know how the old men in our government treat victims of abuse don’t we?
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    This is just another attempt at propaganda but we are using it. We already know they are the big horrible monster with an unstable leader. We have zero proof they are tied to terrorism though I’m certain we could make something up. It would seem prudent to as my mother says, let sleeping dogs lie, rather than rile them up. I mean really, can you imagine what would happen if the USA were to have an unstable leader who was say called a bad name by anyone? This bill is is a no go in the world of diplomacy and makes us look weak and vengeful.
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    Absolutely, they have demonstrated hostility towards the US and it’s allies on many occasions. They continue their tuff talk and demonstrate their foolish actions. Make it ‘Official’, they are terrorist.
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    They are not terrorists in the same respect as the Taliban, Isis, etc. They have reved up their rhetoric because of Trump’s big mouth & threats. It’s Trump’s fault. Put him in the terrorist list.
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    They are and always have been. This question is oxymoronic.
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    They have mostly targeted japan and S. Korea, allies that we ought to protect.
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    Nothing Ted Cruz puts his name on should be supported.
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    Only if we can put Trump’s neo nazi, white supremacy, KKK and the far religious right on the same list.
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    They should always be on the list.
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    This bill would start the process of re-designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism after the country had been removed from the list in 2008 because of promises it made to stop its nuclear weapons program which it has NOT complied with. Additionally North Korea has provided weapons to terror groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas, and has harbored members of the Japanese Red Army following attacks they’ve carried out. These issues combined with the fact that North Korea is complicit in Iran’s missile development by exporting its weapons technology to Tehran. All of which, qualifies North Korea 🇰🇵 as a “State Sponsor,of Terrorism”.
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    The suffering of these enslaved people has gone on for far too long. It’s time to take further action to liberate these people.
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    Should never had been taken off !
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    If the shoe fits...Put them back on!
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    My question would be why are they not already on the list? I think they pose the biggest threat the US currently has.
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    N. Korean leader took out his own brother in another country. Yes they are terrorists and cyber criminals.
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    I don't believe we should be instigating North Korea at this time.
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    Well duh.
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