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N. Korea talks up new slogan of 'state-first principle' amid stalled nuclear talks

All Headlines 11:57 November 26, 2018

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's main newspaper called for the country to unite around leader Kim Jong-un on Monday as it talked up a new slogan, "state-first" policy, as denuclearization talks with the United States remained stalled.

In a front page editorial, the Rodong Sinmun said that the situation the North is in is "not peaceful at all" and that it is thanks to the "state-first policy" that the country has moved forward despite what it calls "unheard-of hardships" the country has gone through.

The "state-first policy" slogan first appeared in the North's state media late last year, but it has been more frequently used in recent months and has become a keyword emphasizing internal unity as denuclearization talks between the North and the U.S. have reached an impasse.

The Rodong Sinmun also urged its citizens to fight against the "invasion of bourgeoisie lifestyle."

"All the people and soldiers should keep their eyes on the hostile forces' activities and trample on any move against the state no matter how small it is," the media outlet said.

Watchers say North Korea appears to be turning more conservative in terms of its propaganda campaign as its nuclear talks with Washington have not shown progress in recent months.

Denuclearization talks between the two sides have been stalled as Washington wants Pyongyang to take more denuclearization measures, while the North wants a reward from the U.S. for the steps it has taken so far, such as blowing up its nuclear testing site.


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