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house Bill H.R. 204

Should North Korea Be Labeled As A State Sponsor Of Terrorism?

Argument in favor

North Korea may not have actually sponsored terrorism, but its recent actions are unacceptable and should thus be subject to the restrictions that come with being on the list.

Loraki's Opinion
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12/10/2016
I'm voting YEA but I think it will do little, if anything, to change things. The United Nations has become a sham, IMO. Also, North Korea is ruled by a psychopathic Communist megalomaniac, who clearly wants to be able to nuke his enemies, no matter what the cost. He really needs to be put down like the rabid dog he is!
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Kenneth's Opinion
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02/27/2015
North Korea as it is presently governed supports terrorism in some ways. Providing arms to our enemies. Supporting countries that are hostile to the United States. These are enough actions to label them and sponsors of terrorism.
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Elinor's Opinion
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03/24/2015
Who doesn't know this already? But, hey, Congress, do it anyway just to irritate the little rodent running their country.
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Argument opposed

Although North Korea has done a lot to tick off the international community, it doesn’t actually sponsor terrorism. Wouldn’t we be sending mixed messages by putting them on that list?

tea's Opinion
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02/21/2015
Putting North Korea on the list would make the title of the list kind of a misnomer. Plus, we already have a ton of sanctions on North Korea; putting them on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism would have little effect.
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JoeyM's Opinion
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05/22/2015
they aren't terrorists. they have a legitimate government (not liked though) and we don't even have Saudi Arabia, our biggest funder of terrorism.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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10/19/2015
Just because we don't agree with them and have had small issues, doesn't mean they have a terrorist agenda.
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What is House Bill H.R. 204?

This bill suggests that the Secretary of State re-designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. The country was officially taken off the State Department list back in 2008 amidst the Bush administration's attempts to convince Pyongyang that ending their nuclear weapons program was diplomatically advantageous. 


The bill also calls for the continuation of sanctions against North Korea, as well as continued diplomatic non-recognition of North Korea, until the country has:

  • Stopped the illegal transfer of missile or nuclear technology to other countries;

  • Stopped assisting foreign terrorist organizations, counterfeiting U.S. currency, and/or engaging in unlawful narcotics traffic;

  • Released abducted Japanese nationals and the remaining prisoners of war from the Korean War;

  • Undertaken domestic actions regarding family reunification, penal reforms, refugee access, and religious organization communications; 

  • Ceased cyber attacks against the U.S. and its allies.


Additionally, this bill instructs the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations to call for a Security Council resolution condemning North Korea’s nuclear weapon test in 2013. The resolution would include implementation of further sanctions and an inspection regime against North Korea.

Impact

U.S. businesses seeking to work with North Korea, the North Korean economy, U.S.-North Korea relations, and the Department of the State.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 204

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In Depth:

The U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list includes “countries determined by the Secretary of State to have repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism.” Countries on the list are subject to:

  • Restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance;

  • Bans on defense exports and sales;

  • Controls over exports of dual use items;

  • Miscellaneous economic and other restrictions.


Furthermore, people and countries engaging in certain trade with the state sponsors may be subject to penalization under current sanctions laws.


Of Note:

North Korea has been subject to international condemnation for its repeated nuclear weapons tests, its sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, recent cyber attacks, and its overall appalling human rights record.


According to the latest State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism, North Korea is not known to have sponsored any terrorist acts since the bombing of a Korea Airlines flight in 1987.


Media:

Sponsoring Rep. Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) Press Release

Global Security Newswire

WTHR 

BBC (Context) 

NPR (Context)


(Photo Credit: Flickr user InSapphoWeTrust)

AKA

North Korea Sanctions and Diplomatic Nonrecognition Act of 2015

Official Title

To continue restrictions against and prohibit diplomatic recognition of the Government of North Korea, and for other purposes.

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      house Committees
      Trade
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedJanuary 8th, 2015
    I'm voting YEA but I think it will do little, if anything, to change things. The United Nations has become a sham, IMO. Also, North Korea is ruled by a psychopathic Communist megalomaniac, who clearly wants to be able to nuke his enemies, no matter what the cost. He really needs to be put down like the rabid dog he is!
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    Putting North Korea on the list would make the title of the list kind of a misnomer. Plus, we already have a ton of sanctions on North Korea; putting them on the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism would have little effect.
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    they aren't terrorists. they have a legitimate government (not liked though) and we don't even have Saudi Arabia, our biggest funder of terrorism.
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    Just because we don't agree with them and have had small issues, doesn't mean they have a terrorist agenda.
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    North Korea as it is presently governed supports terrorism in some ways. Providing arms to our enemies. Supporting countries that are hostile to the United States. These are enough actions to label them and sponsors of terrorism.
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    Who doesn't know this already? But, hey, Congress, do it anyway just to irritate the little rodent running their country.
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    North Korea isn't actually a state sponsor of terrorism. If the U.S. wants to place additional sanctions on DPRK, then they should do so separately. Putting them on the list would cause confusion regarding the purpose of the list.
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    They have not actually sponsored any acts of terrorism
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    Not just a sponsor. They are terrorists
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    Yes because they do sponsor terrorism. They have been launching nuclear capable missiles threading the. US directly.
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    North Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia and The Sudan should all be on the sponsor of terrorism list.
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    Isn't it already? What happened to the so called axis of evil?
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    I cannot believe this country is not already on a list of countries that should be denied anything we have to offer simply based on the horrible ways their people are treated especially the criminals!
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    The should also be cut off from all aid! If communism is so great then let them prove it.
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    They are a state that is terroristic in nature. Put them back on the list.
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    Yes, because they make no positive contribution to help their own people or the world. Their laws and practices are draconian and need to be revamped.
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    I do not know why this is even a thing still. Cannot get into it here, but the intel is plentiful to make the connections of North Korea and terrorist sponsorship (and participation at the state level). This is only not yet done due to political motivations and has nothing to do with security. Rather than Iraq, we should have confronted Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and North Korea post 9/11. GW blew that out his ass, and the Legislature helped perpetuate it.
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    Historically, "terrorism" describes the actions of the state against its own people: see the French Revolution. Certainly applies here.
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    And weren't they so labeled before Barack Naive Obalmy let them fall off the list to mollify his third world buddies in the UN?
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    History people, read it.
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