The recent killing of the half brother of North Korea's leader would serve as momentum for relisting the communist regime as a state sponsor of terrorism, according to a senior South Korean official. This was reported by Yonhap News Agency.
Kim Jong-nam, the eldest son of late former leader Kim Jong-il, died on Feb. 13 at an airport in Kuala Lumpur after apparently being poisoned by two Asian women. Malaysian police named eight North Koreans, including a diplomat, as suspects, though Pyongyang denies its involvement.
"There have been moves to redesignate the North (as a terror sponsor), but momentum was not created," the senior official said on background. "Due to the North's recent moves, I think the momentum (for redesignation) would be strengthened."
A House bill has already been submitted that calls for adding the North to the terrorism list, he said.
The recent killing, coupled with the North's test-firing of an intermediate-range ballistic missile earlier this month, has raised fresh calls in Congress for putting the communist regime back on to the list of states sponsoring terrorism.
The North was put on the U.S. terrorism sponsor list for its 1987 midair bombing of a Korean Airlines flight that killed all 115 people aboard. But the U.S. administration of former President George W. Bush removed Pyongyang from the list in 2008 in exchange for progress in denuclearization talks.
Earlier it was reported that North Korean leader's half brother killed by extremely dangerous chemical. VX nerve agent is the most toxic substance ever artificially synthesized, it is used as a chemical weapon.