Bloomberg Quotes Brian Egan on North Korea's Addition to US Terrorist List

November 21, 2017

Bloomberg Politics quoted Brian Egan in an article titled “Trump Says US Will Label North Korea a State Sponsor of Terror.” The article, published November 20, explains why President Trump is designating North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism, subjecting the regime to additional sanctions and reinforcing its status as an international pariah. North Korea becomes the fourth nation on the US terrorist list, joining Iran, Sudan and Syria. North Korea previously had been designated a sponsor of terrorism but was removed in 2008 under Republican President George W. Bush in an effort to salvage a fragile nuclear deal.

Mr. Egan, a State Department legal adviser under Barack Obama, says the regime in Pyongyang had requested that the Bush administration remove it from the list as part of the 2008 process, a move that was “very politically symbolic to the North Koreans.”

“This will not significantly increase the sanctions that the United States has in place against North Korea,” Mr. Egan adds.

The full article can be read at Bloomberg Politics.