Monday, 6 August 2018

U.S. Will Get Nothing with Its "Pressure Diplomacy": Rodong Sinmun

Pyongyang, August 6 (KCNA) -- The State Department of the U.S. in charge of negotiations with the DPRK is nowadays claiming that it will not lift sanctions before the denuclearization and that the escalation of sanctions is the way to enhance the negotiating power.

The U.S. Department of Treasury, too, claims that it has no plan to lift the sanctions against the DPRK and will further escalate the sanctions.

As if to prove the facts, the U.S. Congress is drawing up bills related with the escalation of sanctions against the DPRK. And American media and experts are building up an opinion for sanctions, contending that the Trump administration reconfirmed the keynote of "denuclearization first, lifting of sanctions next" and it will turn to the policy of "maximum pressure" unless north Korea takes denuclearization step.

Commenting on the facts, Rodong Sinmun on Monday says:

How would the DPRK analyze the U.S. mysterious attitude of outwardly conducting a dialogue but inwardly putting sanctions against the DPRK.

The Korean people have done all what they wanted and accomplished their will so far despite the U.S. vicious sanctions and blockade.

As the DPRK has built the self-reliant economy unfazed in any alien trend and adversity, it could ensure the independent development and the happiness of its people, even under the barbarous sanctions and blockade, and emerge as a dignified strategic state.

As for "effect" of the U.S. sanctions, it only helped the DPRK gain the status of a nuclear power and enhanced its self-development capability.

President Trump took the first step towards the new history by bringing the first DPRK-U.S. summit meeting and talks to success after declaring that he would not repeat the mistakes of the preceding presidents. But contrary to his decision, the U.S. administration including the State Department is going back to the past, clinging to the "strategy for sanctions and pressure" which the successive administrations had insisted on for more than half century but in vain. This is an unprecedented tragicomedy.

The U.S. Department of State and other bureaucratic groups, obsessed with the outdated gangster-like logic, should deeply ponder over the lesson of failures made by the preceding administrations.

Then they will get aware of the fact that they are committing a serious mistake in the mode of negotiation with the DPRK and of the reason that the wrong formula will entail another failure.

If they are obsessed with the monarchical way of thinking that they can enforce their demands without any fulfillment of their commitments and promises made with their dialogue partner and the conception that "sanctions" can work on everything, they will never achieve what they want.

They should be mindful that the "epoch-making handshakes" of the two countries are not a result of any "pressure" but a miracle of history brought about by trust and respect.

Everything in the future will be decided depending on how much the U.S. will attach importance to the trust and respect, escaping from the old view on "sanctions and pressure". -0

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