The United States would continue to evaluate the activities of North Korea with regard to those related to terrorism, a top administration official said on Thursday.
"The President has submitted a report to Congress examining if North Korea meets the statutory criteria for designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, as required in the Defense Authorization Act of 2010," Assistant Secretary of State of Public Affairs P J Crowley said.
"After careful review, the report states that the DPRK does not meet the statutory criteria to again be designated as a state sponsor of terrorism.
But obviously, this is something that we will continue to carefully evaluate going forward," Crowley told reporters at his daily press briefing.
In a memorandum to the Congress sent on Wednesday, Obama concluded that North Korea "does not meet the statutory criteria to again be designated as a State sponsor of terrorism".
The previous Bush Administration had removed Pyongyang from such a list in return for progress on declaring the extent of its nuclear activities in 2008.