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Economic sanctions interfere with implementing sustainable development goals: N. Korea

All News 16:42 October 10, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Monday claimed that the ongoing economic sanctions on the North by certain countries stand in the way of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

The North's Rodong Sinmun, published by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, carried the North Korean government's stance on the SDGs that a North Korean representative outlined at the 71st Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

According to the paper, the representative contended it is necessary to respect the autonomous development rights of the U.N. members so that the SDGs can be smoothly implemented, but "sovereign countries' autonomous developments are challenged in the international community."

"The development environment is destroyed as some countries have taken advantage of economic sanctions, blockades and pressure to resort to obstructing other countries' autonomous development," the North Korean representative was also quoted as saying.

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, based on the Millennium Development Goals that expired in 2015 and were adopted last year, covers issues such as health, poverty, climate change and water availability up to the year 2030.

The North's criticism of the economic sanctions on itself by giving the excuse of being unable to meet U.N. goals is interpreted as an attempt to distract the international community from its nuclear development programs by focusing on another international issue.

The North has been subjected to the international community's moves to impose tougher sanctions on it for its fifth and latest nuclear test.


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