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U.S. Sanctions and Blockade Policy towards DPRK under Fire

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

    Pyongyang, November 19 (KCNA) -- The U.S. Department of Treasury recently made public a decision calling for freezing overseas assets of the DPRK trading companies dealing with economic institutions of the U.S. and including on the list of targets of its sanctions even those companies and individuals of third countries making deals with the DPRK companies under the absurd pretext of "suspected proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their delivery means." Rodong Sinmun Saturday observes in a signed article in this regard:
    Needless to say, this is part of the U.S. extremely provocative hostile policy to stifle the DPRK as it reveals its attempt to lay an "international siege" to the DPRK which has already been put into practice under a carefully worked-out plan.
    The U.S. application of economic sanctions against the DPRK and its blockade operation against it are a prelude to a war aimed to have a firm grip on a strategic stronghold in Northeast Asia
    The U.S. economic sanctions against the DPRK presuppose military aggression and are aimed at achieving its strategic aim to carry out it with ease. Through economic sanctions and blockade the U.S. seeks to isolate the DPRK as thoroughly as possible and neutralize it economically and militarily and contain it by force in the end.
    It even urged the DPRK's neighboring countries to reduce economic ties and trade with it and apply sanctions against it.
    At its instructions the Japanese reactionaries participated in the multi-national joint military exercises of intercepting and seizing DPRK airliners and ships and perpetrated such mean acts as restricting and barring the DPRK-flagged ships from entering their ports.
    It is nothing but a folly for the U.S. imperialists and its followers to try to browbeat the Korean people through "sanctions" and "blockade" and attain their political and military purposes.
    The Korean people value peace and do not want a war. But they will never allow the enemies to infringe upon the sovereignty of their country and try to conquer their inviolable territory by force. They will mobilize all potentials and strongly react against them.
    The U.S. should draw a serious lesson from its past unsuccessful moves to blockade and apply sanctions against the DPRK and properly judge the strength and staunch fighting spirit of the Korean people.
    Should the U.S. imperialists and international reactionary forces dare violate the sovereignty and right to existence of the Koreans through vicious blockade and sanctions and come in attack to destroy the socialist system by force, the Koreans will deal thousand-fold retaliatory blows at them. The U.S. had better properly understand the strength and will of the Korean people and stop its sanctions and blockade policy aimed to launch a war against the DPRK.

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