Some experts think North Korea does not meet the criteria for the designation, which requires evidence that a state has "repeatedly provided support for acts of global terrorism".
In fact, it did: From 1988 to 2008, North Korea was on the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism, which includes Iran (since 1984), Sudan (since 1993), and Syria (since 1979).
President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S.is putting North Korea's "murderous regime" on America's terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang's support for worldwide attacks beyond the assassination of its leader's half brother in February.
The U.S. State Department now lists Sudan, Syria and Iran as nations that have "repeatedly provided support for acts of worldwide terrorism".
North Korea is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programs in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the USA mainland.
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Earlier this month, another North Korean media outlet said Mr Trump was "sentenced to death" for his attacks on Mr Kim.
The designation came a week after Trump returned from a 12-day, five-nation trip to Asia in which he made containing North Korea's nuclear ambitions a centerpiece of his discussions. It has fired two missiles over Japan and on September 3 fired its sixth and largest nuclear test. U.S. officials allege he was tortured in custody.
Otto Warmbier arriving at a court for his trial in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 16, 2015. "The North Korean regime must be lawful".
There is strong bipartisan support for the move in Congress, which had passed legislation in August requiring the State Department to make a determination on putting North Korea back on the list.
"The Treasury Department will be announcing an additional sanction - and a large one - on North Korea", he said.
The Los Angeles Times reports that officials are citing the murder of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of Kim Jong-un, as an act of terror.