N.K. highlights 'science and technology' in wake of test-firing of new weapons
SEOUL, May 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korean media on Monday put an emphasis on science and technology as a key driver for its economic "self-sustenance," in the wake of the latest test-firing of several projectiles that likely included a new tactical weapon.
The Rodong Sinmun, the North's official newspaper, said in a commentary that "Nothing can stop us from having an iron will and strong orientation toward building up a socialist power with our own strength, technology and resources, under the direction of the party."
The newspaper then described "today's struggle" as a "great battle firmly based on the power of science and technology" and called on scientists to be "true revolutionary comrades and avid patriots who take the same breath and steps as the party leadership."
The editorial comes two days after the North conducted what it claimed to be a strike drill that involved the test-firing of multiple rocket launchers and a tactical guided weapon.
North Korea's state media confirmed Sunday the drill took place under the oversight of its leader Kim Jong-un.
The latest provocation by the North, the first in 17 months, is regarded by experts as a sign of Pyongyang's growing impatience over the lack of progress in the denuclearization negotiations with Washington.
Since the failed February summit between leader Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump, the talks have remained in limbo.
Monday's commentary is also seen as part of the ruling party's effort to fend off any domestic unrest amid the stalled nuclear talks, by inciting the importance of self-sustenance.
The newspaper, however, avoided direct criticism at Washington in what appears intended not to derail the talks.
Yet in other propaganda outlets, the North continued to ramp up pressure on Seoul for lacking in its efforts to fulfill the inter-Korean agreement the two sides signed last year.
Uriminzokkiri lashed out at the South for cooperating more with "external forces," instead of working with the North, and reiterated its warning that it will bring bad consequences to both sides.
Another article run by Meari, another propaganda outlet, also urged the South to stop "currying favor with the conservatives in the country" and "act independently to achieve the sovereignty of the same Korean people."
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