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Will Overcome Effect Of Sanctions, Says North Korea's Kim Jong Un

Will Overcome Effect Of Sanctions, Says North Korea's Kim Jong Un

North Korea needs to deliver a "telling blow" to those imposing sanctions on the country by ensuring its economy is more self-reliant, its leader Kim Jong Un said.

While doing so, he urged the party to organize for the objective of dealing "a telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring the DPRK to its knees".

During an Oval Office meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Mr. Trump said the two leaders would be discussing "potential future meetings" with North Korea. The comments also signalled Pyongyang's focus on economic development following its failure to get sanctions relief from the U.S. at the same summit.

Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute, said it would be hard for Kim to lay out a new policy direction while Trump continues to express a willingness to maintain dialogue.

Kim's emphasis on the economy has been in evidence in the past week, with state media publishing reports of his visits to several projects, including a remodeled department store, tourist resorts and an economic hub near the border with China.

While, thanks to the communist system, the average North Korean citizen has endured extreme poverty for decades, the worldwide sanctions placed on the country following its most recent illegal nuclear weapons test in 2017 have adversely affected the comfortable lives of the few Party leaders who have access to the nation's riches, triggering a sense of urgency in country's political elite.

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Both sides expressed willingness to talk further and Trump has repeatedly said since that he maintains good relations with his North Korean counterpart, boasting he had blocked new sanctions planned for Pyongyang. Its mistake in Hanoi was to have set a frame of denuclearisation versus lifting of the sanctions.

KCNA said Kim stated North Korea's position on the second US-North Korea summit that took place recently, saying, "We must deal a serious blow to the hostile forces who are mistakenly determined to bring us down with sanctions by advancing the socialist construction to a high level of self-reliance that fits our circumstances and state, based on our own power, technology and resources". It later emerged that Kim had been blindsided by an unexpected blunt demand from Mr Trump that he transfer of his nuclear weapons and bomb fuel to the US.

In Hanoi, Kim sought relief from major United Nations sanctions, but Pompeo said those must stay in effect until North Korea completely denuclearizes. It is empty rhetoric.

Clues about Kim's current stance could be revealed Thursday in the North Korean capital when he is expected to address his country's Supreme People's Assembly. "He would not resume missiles testing", said Shin Beom-chul, a senior fellow at the Asian Institute for Policy in Seoul.

Analysts said Kim would not censure officials for their mistakes in the Vietnam summit as that would send a signal to North Korean people that they had failed.