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US will continue to evaluate activities of North Korea

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.

world Updated: Feb 05, 2010 08:36 IST

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.