The head of North Korea Kim Jong-UN called to strike at those who are confident in the possibility to bring the country to its knees with the help of sanctions, reports Yonhap with reference to the North Korean Agency.
“We must consistently raise the banner of the developing socialist economy and strike at those who mistakenly believe that they can bring us to our knees with sanctions”, Kim Jong-UN said at the plenary session of the ruling party on Wednesday.
According to him, the fate of the revolution in North Korea will determine self-confidence and an independent economy. As Yonhap notes, Kim Jong-UN made such a statement on the eve of the meeting of the US President Donald Trump and his South Korean colleague moon Jae-In in in Washington — the parties should discuss the approach to solving the nuclear issue of the DPRK on April 11.
The US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, speaking at a Senate hearing, said that the Trump administration would like to be able to reduce partially sanctions against Pyongyang, while leaving most of the restrictions in force until the regime of Kim Jong-UN ceases to be a nuclear threat, writes Newsweek.
The last time Trump and Kim Jong-UN met at the summit in Vietnam in late February; then their negotiations ended ahead of schedule and without signing any agreements. According to Pompeo, the DPRK asked to lift all sanctions in exchange for “extensive measures” on its largest nuclear facility — the research center in Yongbyon, but there was no clarity about what Pyongyang could offer.