Ros-Lehtinen: North Korea Should Be Listed as State Sponsor of Terrorism

Jun 10, 2013 Issues: Defense Abroad, Foreign Affairs

Ros-Lehtinen: North Korea Should Be Listed as State Sponsor of Terrorism
By: Sunshine State News
Posted: June 7, 2013 1:14 PM

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., one of the leading Republican voices in Washington on international affairs, joined with 10 Republican colleagues to write Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday and demand North Korea be redesignated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST).

“North Korea continues to cooperate with fellow SST regimes such as Iran and Syria, sends weapons to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations, and continues to threaten the United States and our allies South Korea and Japan," Ros-Lehtinen said on Friday. “The North Korean regime has a history of gross violations of its international obligations, undermining U.S. interests in the region, and pursuing its nuclear weapons capabilities. It was a mistake to take North Korea off the SST list and redesignating them will help sanction and prohibit financial institutions from doing business with this rogue regime and send a strong message to Pyongyang that its belligerence will no longer be tolerated.”