Today the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should of happened a long time ago, should of happened years ago. In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil. As we take this action today, our thoughts turn to Otto Warmbeir, a wonderful young man, and the countless others so brutally affected by the North Korean oppression.
This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons. And supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime that you've all been reading about, and in some cases writing about. Tomorrow the Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction and a very large one on North Korea, and this will be going on over the next two weeks.
It will be the highest level of sanctions by the time it's finished over a two-week period. The North Korean regime must be lawful, it must end its unlawful nuclear ballistic missile development, and cease all support for international terrorism, which it is not doing.