North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has vowed to wage an “uncompromising struggle” against anti-socialism amid economic sanctions by the United States, state media reported Thursday.
In a letter to attendees at a meeting of labor organizations this week, Kim said: “The fight against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices is a do or die battle to defend the purity of the working class and the lifeline of the working class. our style. of socialism, ”the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
Kim also ordered the participants to “firmly hold the principle of producing all that is necessary for economic construction and people’s lives with our own raw materials and the like.”
U.S. officials have said President Joe Biden’s strategy in North Korea will be a middle ground between former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama. The Biden administration called its recent review of North Korea’s policy “calibrated and practical.” However, Biden has not publicly released his North Korean sanctions or denuclearization plan, the Associated press reported.
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Kim, who took power at the end of 2011, said his country was facing “the worst ever” situation due to the sharp reduction in trade caused by border closures caused by coronaviruses, US sanctions and natural disasters last summer. He called for stronger unity at home and urged the United States to drop hostility against North Korea, an apparent reference to sanctions. He has warned he will expand his nuclear arsenal if US hostility persists.
In March, Kim ordered his country’s first short-range ballistic missile tests in a year. But he still maintains a moratorium on long-range missiles and nuclear testing, which would pose a direct threat to the American homeland, as Biden’s government develops a new US policy on North Korea.
At a summit between Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week, the two leaders said in a joint statement that the Biden administration’s North Korean policy review “takes a calibrated approach and practice that is open and will explore diplomacy “with the North.” Korea. The two also underlined their common commitment to “the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.”
Biden announced the appointment of a new special envoy for North Korean affairs, and Moon expressed hope that North Korea would respond positively.
But it’s unclear whether the Biden administration contacted North Korea to explain the policy. North Korea, for its part, has remained silent on the Biden-Moon summit and the US policy review.
Since Kim is unlikely to get sanctions relief this year, he would consider strengthening his internal oversight more important as he would think his grip on power might be shaken at a time when he faces other national difficulties, ”said Nam Sung-Wook, a professor at Korea University and chairman of the Institute for National Security Strategy, a think tank affiliated with South Korea’s leading spy agency.
Since the North Korean nuclear crisis first erupted in the early 1990s, the United States and other regional powers have used diplomacy, sanctions and pressure to try to curb their nuclear ambitions. Nothing worked and, according to South Korean estimates in 2018, North Korea could have up to 60 nuclear weapons.
In 2018-19, Kim’s summits with Trump finally collapsed after Trump rejected the North’s demand for major sanctions relief in exchange for partial steps towards denuclearization.
Nam said it would be “natural” for North Korea to push to build more nuclear weapons and fissile material if a deadlock in nuclear diplomacy continues. He said Kim could launch a provocative missile test to get US attention sometime in August, when the US and South Korean military conduct major annual exercises.
“North Korea will opt for talks if it determines that it can no longer endure” the economic difficulties, said Park Won Gon, professor of North Korea studies at Ewha Woman University in Seoul. “North Korea has held up very well so far, as no serious (internal) issues have been reported, even though it has been over a year since it closed its borders … But I think ‘they can only last until the end of this year. “