North Korea says United States decides to remove it from terror list

SEOUL, South Korea (AP)

The United States has decided to remove North Korea from a list of terrorism-sponsoring states and lift sanctions against the communist country, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.

The U.S. decided on the move during a weekend meeting with North Korea in Geneva as part of its political and economic incentives to the North, the spokesman said in comments carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

The move came after the North Korea agreed to take “practical measures to neutralize the existing nuclear facilities in the North” this year, the spokesman said.

“The U.S. decided to take such political and economic measures for compensation as delisting the DPRK as a terrorism sponsor and lifting all sanctions that have been applied according to the Trading with the Enemy Act,” the spokesman said, using the initials for the North’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.