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U.S. Sanctions Get It Nowhere

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

    Pyongyang, April 27 (KCNA) -- The U.S. was reported to have asked Japan and its allies for cooperation in the efforts to make its sanctions against the DPRK more effective, while working hard to escalate them. Minju Joson Thursday observes in a signed commentary in this regard: This indicates that the U.S. is clinging to the policy of confrontation and pressure based on the theory of strength, far from trying to settle the issues related to the DPRK through the building of mutual confidence.
    It is the calculation of the U.S. that the DPRK will cave in and comply with its brigandish demand if it puts sustained strong sanctions and pressure on it in various aspects.
    This is, however, nothing but a foolish thinking disclosing its ignorance of the dialogue partner.
    The U.S. loud-mouthed financial sanctions and sanctions against north Korean ships only go to clearly prove that it is so preoccupied with the theory of strength that it is utterly insensitive to the reality and not yet awake from its sleep. The U.S. is pressurizing the DPRK to dismantle its nuclear weapons first and committing all sorts of provocations including military pressure and economic sanctions in a bid to achieve its unilateral designs.
    It has now gone so crafty as to use financial sanctions against the DPRK as leverage for pressurizing China to change its financial policy in its favor. In other words, it seeks to attack China's financial institutions under the pretext of the DPRK's "illegal transactions" with China's banks in a bid to urge the Chinese government to agree to appreciating Renminbi and thus cover the deficit in its trade with China. Sanctions are not a cure-all and there would be no more serious political mistake in its relations with the DPRK than this, the commentary notes, and stresses: The more tightened sanctions of the U.S. would only reinforce the DPRK's tough stand against the U.S. and encourage it to more dynamically advance along the path chosen by it.

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