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N. Korean newspaper calls for self-reliance against 'murderous' sanctions

North Korea 14:59 May 20, 2019

SEOUL, May 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's main newspaper on Monday urged its people to stay self-reliant against "murderous" sanctions amid a deadlock in its denuclearization negotiations with the United States, saying it is a "foolish fantasy" to just wait for the economic restrictions to be lifted.

The Rodong Sinmun made the appeal in an editorial, calling self-reliance and an independent national economy its "eternal lifeline" that drives the country's development and decides its fate.

"Looking back on the path of our republic's development, there was no time without imperialists' sanctions pressure, but the isolation and pressure scheme carried out in the recent years was literally murderous in terms of its range and degree, enough to annihilate a country and its people," it said.

"We should get rid of the foolish fantasy, dependency and the tendency to rely on imports and maintain the mindset to resolve any problem with our own technology and our own resources," the newspaper said.

North Korea has been intensifying calls for self-reliance following its unsuccessful attempt to lift sanctions during leader Kim Jong-un's Hanoi summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in February.

The second meeting between the two leaders ended without a deal as they failed to find common ground over the scope of Pyongyang's denuclearization measures and Washington's sanctions relief.

In a key policy speech last month, Kim said he now doubts the point of sticking to summits with the U.S. for the sake of easing sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observes the launch of short-range missiles from Kusong, North Pyongan Province in the northwestern part of North Korea, on May 9, 2019, in this photo released by the Korean Central News Agency. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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