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N.K. paper emphasizes self-reliant manufacturing against murderous sanctions

All News 09:37 January 13, 2020

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's official newspaper called Monday for growing manufacturing and other major industries in a "self-reliant" manner to better fight "murderous" sanctions against the communist state.

North Korea's media outlets have called for "self-reliance" in various areas since leader Kim Jong-un demanded in his New Year's Day message the construction of an economy independent of outside help to brace for a protracted fight against sanctions by the United States.

"The murderous sanctions and pressure by hostile forces to weaken our power have focused on major manufacturing sectors," the Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the country's ruling party, said in an editorial.

"The energy, raw materials and facilities desperately needed to improve economic development and the livelihoods of people are all tied to the major manufacturing areas," the paper added. "The issue of stimulating production in those areas is a serious political matter that will determine whether the socialism of our style will prevail or not."

The paper emphasized the importance of "self-reliance" and "localization," and called for efforts to produce "better products" with "less effort, materials and money."

Global sanctions led by the U.S. have apparently crippled its economy by restricting imports of key raw materials and equipment necessary to develop its manufacturing industries.

In his New Year's Day message, leader Kim said that he has no expectation of the U.S. lifting sanctions anytime soon and asked stepped-up efforts to build a self-reliant economy.

He, in particular, said there are "evil practices" and "stagnation" in such industries as metal, chemical, power, coal, machine, railway and transportation, urging more efforts to bring about a drastic increase in production in those areas.


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