>> North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism.>> President Donald Trump on Monday declared North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism taking a major step beyond his war of words with North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un.>> This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.
>> David Brunnstrom is on the story.>> There is a need I think for President Trump at the moment to be seen to be doing something about North Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. There is some concern that by making this designation, He may be simply inflaming the situation further.
>> Trump cited the case of Otto Warmbier, a US student who died on his return to the US after he was imprisoned in North Korea. The terror designation comes in the wake of Trump's recent trip to Asia where he sought backup on his tougher stance from North Korea's close ally China.
>> China hasn't responded to this announcement by the United States. But one supposes that they won't be too happy about it. Because they have been trying to pursue some diplomacy to encourage North Korea and the United States, in fact, to resume dialog. This particular move would appear to do very little to encourage North Korea to return to the negotiating table.
>> Since taking office, Trump has traded insults and threats with Kim. And threatened in his first UN address to totally destroy North Korea if it threatened the US or its allies. In September, North Korea conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and is developing long range missiles that could potentially reach the US mainland.