North Korea’s state newspaper Rodong Sinmun published a belligerent column Friday accusing the U.S. of “murderous” policies against the Korean people, but ensuring that North Korea would survive up to a century of the sanctions it claims are killing its people. The column follows a week in which confusion reigned in Seoul, where South Korean officials appeared to disagree on whether they were considering lifting sanctions placed on Pyongyang over the sinking of the Cheonan warship in 2010. South Korea’s Unification Minister clarified on Thursday that Seoul has no plans to lift sanctions.South Korea’s Yonhap news service published excerpts of the Korean-language column, which encouraged North Koreans to continue enduring the poverty that has characterized the Kim regime. “Our enemies are implementing a murderous blockade as a last resort after their bid to suffocate the DPRK (North Korea) by military power failed,” Rodong Sinmun claimed, without specifying which “enemies” in this case threatened the country. “Let them stick to the sanctions for the next 10 years or a hundred years. We’ll eventually overcome any sanctions and difficulties to emerge as the world’s strongest power and socialist paradise. That’s the determination of our people.” Yonhap did not note any concessions North Korea was willing to… Read full this story
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