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N. Korean media reiterates call for self-reliance amid stalled talks with US over sanctions relief

ANI | Updated: Apr 28, 2019 13:40 IST

Pyongyang [North Korea], Apr 28 (ANI): Amid stalled talks with the United States over sanctions relief, North Korean media outlets have reiterated call for creating a self-supporting national economy.
US-North Korea engagement has been in a state of limbo since the failed Hanoi summit between the leaders of two nations. The two sides were unable to reach an agreement over the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula and Washington's sanction relief."
In an editorial, North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun called on the citizens to follow party leadership to construct a "self-sustaining economy" at a time of continued sanctions pressure, reported Yonhap news agency.
"Thoroughly establishing the party leadership system is a significant demand to hold up high the banner of independence and self-reliance and press ahead with the construction of socialist economy," the editorial read.
"Especially, the trend of today's political situation -- where hostile forces' instigation of sanctions has become more explicit -- calls for raising the banner of independence and self-reliance," it added.
North Korean news website Uriminzokkiri wrote that the banner of self-reliance "is the driving force that has allowed our people to achieve the best outcome in a short period time in the midst of worst hardships"
It is pertinent to mention that the reiteration of such calls for self-reliance have come after Kim met  Russian president Vladimir Putin at Russia's port city of Vladivostok on Thursday.
During the summit, Kim had blamed Washington's "unilateral" attitude for the current statement in denuclearisation negotiations. (ANI)