President Trump makes North Korea a designated state sponsor of terrorism

North Korea bans fun as Kim Jong Un puts foot down on alcohol and singing

North Korea bans fun as Kim Jong Un puts foot down on alcohol and singing

However, the contents of a bland joint statement at the G20 stressing "agreement on a common strategy to confront the threat of North Korea and ensure the security of Northeast Asia and the United States" have never been publicly divulged.

In February, Kim's potential rival and elder brother Kim Jong-Nam died after he was sprayed with a nerve agent in Kuala Lumpur airport.

However, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said sanctions and diplomacy could still pressure Mr Kim into talks on nuclear disarmament.

North Korea said last week that it has no intention of ending its nuclear program, North Korea's Ambassador to the UN Han Tae-song.

Experts believe Pyongyang is within months of such a threshold, having carried out six nuclear tests since 2006 and test-fired several types of missiles, including multi-stage rockets. Dangdong is a Chinese city bordering North Korea.

Pyongyang has fired two missiles over Japan and has made no secret of its intention to develop a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, although USA officials have privately questioned whether such acts and threats actually meet the criteria for President Trump's designation.

These rules will make what is already an alarmingly controlled and fearful way of life for North Koreans even more restricted.

Some analysts warned of a possible backlash.

North Korean citizens have been barred from participating in "any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment", reports the Yonhap News Agency. And while aerial and naval shows of force shadowed the presidential entourage while in the region, they are no substitute for signalling how the U.S. might respond to the next provocation.

During remarks at the start of a cabinet meeting at the White House, Trump said the Treasury Department will announce on Tuesday additional measures against North Korea, describing the moves as "a very large one".

U.S. officials see the designation - which was removed by then-president George W. Bush in 2008 - as a way of ratcheting up pressure on other states and foreign banks that may be failing to fully enforce the sanctions.

South Korea's intelligence agency believes North Korea may develop an Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that can reach the USA mainland this year as Pyongyang is likely to conduct more missile tests soon.

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