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Kim Jong-un Calls for Offensive Measures to Ensure North Korea’s Security

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Kim Jong-un Calls for Offensive Measures to Ensure North Korea’s Security. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un believes that his country should take “positive and offensive measures” to ensure “its sovereignty and security.”

 

He stated that on Sunday on the second day of a meeting of the central committee of his party, the North Korean state media report.

The specific measures that Kim has in mind are not clarified by the North Korean news agency KCNA. But experts see the statements as a threat to conducting a new nuclear test and a further expansion of the weapons program.

In any case, the ruling comes at a time when there is again growing tension between the US and North Korea. Pyongyang had given Washington until the end of this year to work on the removal of sanctions.

Despite a rapprochement in 2018, negotiations on the North Korean nuclear program are at an impasse since the failed nuclear summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi in February.

Kim also spoke about the economic situation in North Korea during the party meeting. He spoke about the “serious situation” the industry is in. It was time for a “decisive turn” in the country’s economic development, it sounded.

There is considerable uncertainty about the economic situation in North Korea, as the country itself does not publish statistics.

According to an estimate by the South Korean central bank, the country’s economy shrank by 4.1 percent in 2018. International sanctions, among other things, are seen as a brake on North Korea’s economic development.

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