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N. Korea tells President Obama it can withstand sanctions

All Headlines 16:51 April 12, 2016

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Tuesday it will not collapse in the face of sanctions and the blockade imposed by the United Nations and the United States following its nuclear test and rocket launch earlier this year.

The North's claim was carried by its propaganda website "DPRK Today" in the form of an imagined letter to U.S. President Barack Obama from former American President Abraham Lincoln.

In the letter, Lincoln advised Obama that North Korea will never crumple under the sanctions and economic blockade, saying he feels heavy in mind to hear such words as "the toughest and most effective sanctions in the history of the United Nations were imposed on North Korea."

For Obama, Lincoln was model president and he has frequently cited the eleventh president as an inspiration.

Obama announced his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois, Lincoln's hometown, and took his oath of office using the Bible Lincoln used in 1861.

In his famous Gettysburg Address, Lincoln said that the government of the people by the people for the people shall not perish from the earth.

The North's propaganda website also claimed that, before pushing to denuclearize the world, the U.S. should first strive to get rid of its own nuclear weapons. It pointed out that the U.S. deploys large number of nuclear weapons on its mainland as well as many places in the world.

The North Korean media also denounced U.S. policy toward North Korea, saying it is shameful that the U.S. is making nuclear threats, which is hampering peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula.

The media outlet then said the U.S. has conducted a nuclear blackmail campaign for more than 60 years as it exercises control over the southern half of Korea.

In addition to the U.N. Security Council sanctions, President Obama imposed sweeping penalties on North Korea on March 16 intended to further isolate the country's leadership.

The executive order freezes any property of the North Korean government in the U.S. and prohibits the exports of goods from the U.S. to North Korea.

It also allows the U.S. government to blacklist any individuals, whether or not they are U.S. citizens, who deal with major sectors of North Korea's economy. Experts said the measures vastly expanded the U.S. blockade against Pyongyang.

North Korea conducted a nuclear test on Jan. 6, and fired off a long-range rocket on Feb. 7 that the United States and its allies argue violated existing international bans.
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