North Korea on Wednesday called US President Donald Trump's declaration of a return to the list of state sponsors of terrorism as "a serious provocation."
"Re-listing North Korea on that list is a serious provocation and a violent violation of our country," a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry told local state media.
The spokesman added that Pyongyang "will continue to strengthen its deterrence against US hostile policy," according to the South Korean news agency Yonhap.
"The United States will take full responsibility for all the consequences of its shameless provocations on the (South) DPRK," he said.
On Monday, Trump announced the return of North Korea to the list of state sponsors of terrorism.
"Today, the United States classifies North Korea, a state sponsor of terrorism, and this should have happened for a long time," Trump said in a statement read to the media.
"In addition to threatening the world with nuclear destruction, North Korea has repeatedly supported international terrorism, including assassinations of foreign lands."
In 1988, Washington listed Pyongyang as a state sponsor of terrorism on charges of blowing up a South Korean plane flying from Baghdad to Seoul.
But Washington removed North Korea from the list in 2008, under George W. Bush, after entering into negotiations on halting North Korea's nuclear activities. Finished