Delistement? Not Anytime Soon
State Department White House has confirmed that North Korea will not be taken off the state sponsors of terrorism list until they complete denuclearization (more information here). Korea Times quotes State Department White House Spokesperson Dana Perino:
“I would say it’s definitely not imminent,” Perino said of prospects of North Korea’s removal.
On Tuesday, a State Department counter-terrorism expert went on the record saying the North had met the legal requirements for delistment, a process that has become something of a contentious issue in the denuclearization process. The North claims the US is not acting fast enough and will only complete the process when it is removed from the terrorism list. Meanwhile, the US says delistment will only occur when the North fully cooperates with its international obligations.