North Korea is struggling under international sanctions imposed on its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
North Korea has “reliable and effective combat resistance for self-defense” and is now focused on developing its sanctions-damaged economy, North Korea’s United Nations Ambassador Kim Song said on Tuesday.
Addressing the UN General Assembly, Kim said that North Korea was still threatened by military hardware, such as the use of stealth fighters on the Korean Peninsula, and that “all types of nuclear attacks are aimed directly at the DPRK.”
“True peace can only be maintained when there is absolute strength to prevent war,” Kim said. “As we gain reliable and effective combat resistance for self-defense by tightening our belts, the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the region are now strongly guarded.”
Due to the already strict international sanctions for nuclear and ballistic missile programs, Pyongyang is facing significant economic losses from strict border closures and other measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is also struggling to cope with the damage caused by recent storms and floods.
Kim said the pandemic situation is “safe and stable under control” as a result of measures taken by the government to contain the spread of the coronavirus novel. North Korea has no confirmed cases against it, and some have expressed skepticism over the claim.
“Based on a credible guarantee to protect the security of the state and the people, the DPRK is now directing all its efforts to build the economy,” Kim said, using his country’s official name – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
“The fact is that we need a conducive external environment for economic construction,” he said. “But we cannot sell our dignity in the hope of a miraculous transformation – an honor that we have justified by valuing our own lives. This is our constant position.”
A UN report on Monday said North Korea was violating nuclear sanctions by sending workers abroad in excess of the 500,000-barrel limit on petroleum imports.
Independent sanctions monitors reported to the Security Council in August that the northern sanctions were continuing with its nuclear program, and many countries believed they had “probably developed sophisticated nuclear equipment to fit the warheads of its ballistic missiles.”
38 Jenny Town, Fellow and Deputy Director of the Stimson Center for the North, said in the ambassador’s speech that “there are no public threats or indications of power demonstrations or demonstrations of power in the near future.
While North Korea seeks to ease sanctions, “they will not lay down their arms on the promises of a brighter future” and the need for clear moves to prove that relations with the United States have changed before Pyongyang, justify taking measures that could jeopardize its security.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump have met three times since 2018, but no progress has been made on North Korea’s demands that Pyongyang end its sanctions and sanctions on China to give up its nuclear weapons.
State media reported last month that the North Korean ruling party was planning a congress in January to decide on a new five-year plan, after a party meeting noted a serious delay in improving the national economy and living standards.