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North Korea removed from U.S. list of 'terror' states

U.S. officials have removed North Korea from the list of international states which support terrorism, according to CNN.

The retraction from the U.S. is part of an ongoing effort to secure and legitimize a nuclear deactivation accord, which North Korea and the U.S. had previously agreed upon.

State Department spokesperson Sean McCormack explained the move on Saturday, ""Based upon the cooperation agreement North Korea has recently provided ... the secretary of state this morning rescinded the designation of the DPRK [Democratic People's Republic of Korea] as a state sponsor of terrorism, and that was effective as of her signature," McCormack said.

Relations between the U.S. and North Korea were strained prior, due to North Korea's efforts to reactivate nuclear arm sites and to not succumb to the full measure of the U.S.'s nuclear verification proposal.

"Every element of verification that we sought is included in this package," McCormack said at a news conference.

According to the Washington Times, the efforts by the Bush administration to secure the foreign policy agreement are being seen as a final push to secure an international victory.

Both presidential candidates have been somewhat critical of the removal of North Korea from the terrorism support states.

Senator John McCain, according to the Washington Times, stated his concern that North Korea is not serious about denuclearizing.

Senator Obama called the plan " a modest step forward" in the nuclear weapon removal of North Korea.