Kim Jong-un to Retaliate on Sanctions Through a Stronger Economy

Kim Jong-un to Retaliate on Sanctions Through a Stronger Economy 

Last updated on April 16th, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un while taking part in a meeting in Pyongyang said that they need to provide an effective answer to the nation that has imposed sanctions on North Korea. He further said that the only way North Korea can do that is by making the economy of the country self-sufficient.

As per state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), mentioning North Korea’s stance on the failed summit in Hanoi, Kim said, he will become more zealous in making the nation an independent economy, “so as to deal a telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring (North Korea) to its knees.”

With this statement, Kim Jong-un has directed a steady attention on the economic development of the country, which became a priority in April, last year.

Following the recent Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi, participation of both the US and North Korea has been non-existent in nature. The meeting failed over disagreement on the extent that North Korea and United States were willing to go over denuclearisation and removal of economic sanctions, respectively.

Last year at the same plenary session, Kim officially declared a “new strategic line” that paid its attention on economic development and the betterment of North Korean lives instead of focusing on economic and nuclear weapons development, simultaneously.

Despite no comfort on the sanctions imposed, Kim has sustained to underline his economic drive in recent weeks.

KCNA has provided the images and reports of the inspection Kim Jong-un has been doing over the four economic projects in the last five days. These projects include a renovated department store, tourist resorts and an economic hub near the Chinese border.

Even though Kim has not provided a name to the “hostile forces”, he is showing a relatively sterner stand towards the US.

These comments came upfront prior to the negotiation between US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Washington on Thursday to consider concerns related to North Korea and other alliances.

Trump has not yet agreed to Moon’s suggestion that prohibitions could be lessened to allow inter-Korean economic association in return for denuclearisation by North Korea.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said to the congressional committee that he wants to provide “a little room” in the prohibitions, for the scenario if North Korea establishes “substantial” development in denuclearisation.

Shin Beom-chul, a senior lecturer at the Asian Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, said in regards with the statement of Kim Jong-un that “It did not directly mention the US, but linked sanctions with hostile forces. He’s saying North Korea would take an independent course unless the US offered to lift sanctions. You maintain sanctions, you’re a hostile force; if you ease sanctions, you’re not.”

As an answer to the economic sanctions imposed, efforts to make the country self-reliant by Kim Jong-un would definitely be beneficial for the country. The stern attitude of the leader to develop the economic state of the country despite sanctions is what North Korea needs at the moment.

Only future will tell if this attitude would help Kim in resolving the deadlock of his last summit with Trump, as well as in developing the economy of the country amid the sanctions.

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