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Kim Jong Un claims North Korea’s economy ‘has grown’ despite sanctions, and his nukes will ‘deter’ against ‘US imperialists’

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un enjoys a cigarette. (Driver Photographer/Flickr)
October 09, 2017

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said over the weekend that the country’s economy “has grown,” despite economic sanctions imposed by the U.N. Security Council, and that North Korea’s nuclear weapons are “a powerful deterrent.”

This comes in the face of President Donald Trump tweeting over the weekend and on Monday, alluding to military action on the Korean Peninsula.

“Our country has been unsuccessfully dealing with North Korea for 25 years, giving billions of dollars and getting nothing. Policy didn’t work,” Trump tweeted Monday morning.

Donald Trump (Twitter)

North Korea’s state-run media, Korean Central News Agency, reported on Sunday that Kim Jong Un said his country’s nuclear weapons are a “powerful deterrent firmly safeguarding the peace and security in the Korean peninsula” ​against the “protracted nuclear threats of the U.S. imperialists​,​”​ Reuters reported.

Kim Jong Un spoke at a meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party, and said North Korea’s policy of “byungjin” is “absolutely right,” according to reports. Byungjin means the development of both nuclear weapons and the economy at the same time.

Kim Jong Un also claimed North Korea’s economy has “grown.”

“The national economy has grown on their strength this year, despite the escalating sanctions,” he said, according to reports.

President Trump last week ominously hinted at things to come, saying “we’ll see” when asked to elaborate about a comment he made before a meeting with military leaders at the White House.

As they group was taking photos on Thursday night, the President said it was “the calm before the storm.” When asked what he meant, he replied: “You’ll find out.”

“We have the world’s great military people in this room,” he added.

The President recently shut down Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s statements that the U.S. has an open line of communication with Pyongyang, and would hope to solve the conflict diplomatically. Trump alluded to the fact that his Administration and, most likely, the U.S. Military would be taking care of the situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Rhetoric has gone back and forth between the U.S. and North Korea all summer. Tensions can be cut with a knife, and the sometimes bizarre exchanges have left many Americans wondering exactly what is going to take place next.

Recent Rhetoric

September Sanctions

Sanctions against North Korea aim to impact the flow of cash to that country and cut off trade partners, as well.

The sanctions could also have contributed to the intensity of Kim Jon Un’s recent statements, as sanctions further and further alienate North Korea.

The sanctions against North Korea banned about 90 percent of North Korea’s exports, fully banning the country’s textile exports and reducing its oil and petroleum exports. The sanctions also banned the country’s overseas laborers, which provided nearly $500 million in revenue; and cut off all foreign investment with North Korea, its assets being frozen.

They were passed unanimously by the U.N. Security Council – with both China and Russia voting in favor – following North Korea’s sixth ever successful nuclear missile launch and claims that the country now has a Hydrogen bomb it can place on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

North Korea recently launched yet another missile, on Sept. 14, this one an intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

The North Korean launch came hours after North Korea threatened to blow the United States to “ashes and darkness” and has said it will “sink” the country of Japan, following a United Nations resolution that banned 90 percent of its exports. North Korea had promised the U.S. would “suffer the greatest pain it ever experienced in history” over the sanctions.

President Trump has said that the latest sanctions the United Nations imposed on North Korea are “not a big deal” compared to what might happen in the future.

August Sanctions

The United Nations in August also unanimously approved sanctions against North Korea in response to Kim Jong Un’s two successful intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July.

Then, North Korea threatened “thousands-fold” revenge on the United States following those sanctions, which cut North Korea’s export revenue by $1 billion, or about a third. The sanctions banned North Korea from exporting coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood.

North Korea’s sixth nuclear missile test caused a 6.3 earthquake and was roughly five times as large as the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan. The test came hours after North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un claimed that it now had an H-bomb to put onto its long-range ICBMs.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley has said that North Korea is “begging for war,” and that it’s time for the international community to impose the strongest possible sanctions against North Korea.

North Korea has come out slinging harsh words following U.N. Security Council sanctions that ban nearly all of its exports, saying this week that the U.S. faces “final ruin” it it goes to war with Kim Jong Un.