N.Korea calls for self-reliance amid int’l sanctions

Hanoi: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holds talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (not pictured) at the government building in Hanoi on March 1, 2019, one day after his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump ended with no deal.(Yonhap/IANS)

Seoul, Jan 4 (IANS) North Korea’s official newspaper said on Saturday that Pyongyang would not maintain an attachment to seeking the lifting of the currently imposed international sanctions and instead overcome hurdles through a self-reliant approach.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the North’s ruling party, reported that having an illusion of establishing peace with enemies will lead to self-destruction, and added the country will not have a lingering attachment to easing sanctions, reports Yonhap News Agency.

North Korea also claimed that it does not believe that Washington will ever leave Pyongyang in peace, adding that the US will not change its imperialist nature.

The newspaper added that Pyongyang would make efforts to find ways to incapacitate such sanctions, rather than waiting for their abolishment.

Earlier this week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a four-day plenary meeting of the Workers’ Party Central Committee and discussed policy directions on key domestic and diplomatic issues.

During the party session, Kim said he saw no reason to stick to his earlier commitment to suspend nuclear and long-range missile tests, warning of a “new strategic weapon” to show off to the world.

The rare multi-day party plenum took place amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula ahead of the year-end deadline Pyongyang set for Washington to come up with a new agreeable proposal in their negotiations.

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