Trump on Monday designated the DPRK as a state sponsor of terror, moving the country back into a list which also includes Iran, Sudan and Syria. "This is clearly an absurdity and a mockery to the world peace and security". North Korea was removed the list in 2008 as part of an attempt to salvage worldwide talks aimed at halting it nuclear ambitions, but the talks, which involved six countries including Japan, collapsed soon after and haven't been revived since.
While not reported, when the airline plans to restore regular flights from the Chinese capital to the capital of North Korea, however, the representatives of the company stated that it is likely that in the future flights in this direction will be implemented.
"The spokesperson then defended the country's nuclear program, saying that the weapons are the deterrence to safeguard North Korea's sovereignty and its right to existence amid the USA harmful policy and nuclear threats".
The nations have been at loggerheads over the deployment in South Korea of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, which Seoul and Washington say is meant to defend against missile threats from nuclear-armed North Korea.
"As long as the United States continues with its anti-DPRK hostile policy, our deterrence will be further strengthened".
Da Zhigang, a North Korea expert at the Heilongjiang Academy of Social Sciences, said the USA move could trigger retaliation from North Korea.
Wednesday's remarks have raised concerns that the North could use the relisting as an excuse for fresh missile or nuclear weapons tests. It has imposed a series of measures against South Korean firms and banned tour groups from going to the country.