Russia condemns Trump for ‘scaremongering’ after he slapped North Korea on a global terror list – branding it a PR move that could result in a global ‘catastrophe’

Friday, November 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

Russia called Trump’s decision to put North Korea on terror list a ‘PR move’
Officials said move could cause situation to escalate into a global ‘catastrophe’
North Korea condemned US terror listing as ‘serious provocation’ on Wednesday, warning that sanctions wouldn’t force it to abandon nuclear weapons program

24 November 2017

Russia slammed President Donald Trump on Thursday for his ‘PR move’ to put North Korea on America’s terror blacklist.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called Trump’s move to place North Korea on the list of state sponsors of terrorism ‘another scaremongering act and PR move’ that would not reduce tensions on the ground.

‘The answer to the question whether such actions help in lessening the tensions is clear: no, they do not,’ Zakharova told the Agence France Press.

According to Zakharova, the decision could cause the situation on the peninsula to escalate into a global ‘catastrophe’.

North Korea condemned its US terror listing as a ‘serious provocation’ on Wednesday, warning that sanctions would never force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

‘These sorts of actions push the situation (around North Korea) to the extreme, this can end with a big catastrophe not only of a regional but also of global scale,’ Zakharova told journalists in Moscow.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will discuss the North Korea crisis with his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono during his visit to Russia on Friday, Zakharova said.

‘They will concentrate on bilateral relations but the international situation will be discussed, including the situation in the Korean peninsula as well as the Syrian question,’ Zakharova said.

Trump put North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism on Monday, a designation that allows the US to impose more sanctions and risks inflaming tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.

The Republican president, who has traded personal insults with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but has not ruled out talks, said the Treasury Department will announce additional sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday.

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