December 18, 2019 13:44
North Korea on Tuesday returned to its old "juche" or self-reliance doctrine as international sanctions show no signs of easing and it refuses to denuclearize.
North Korea snubbed an offer of talks at the border from Stephen Biegun, the U.S. special representative for North Korea, and instead state media heralded a new era of "self-reliant revival and self-made prosperity."
According to the official [North] Korean Central News Agency, leader Kim Jong-un paid his respects at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on the eighth anniversary of his father Kim Jong-il's death. It hailed the "leadership of the supreme leader who is opening a new solemn period of self-reliant revival and self-made prosperity."
That suggests the regime is ready to hunker down for another "arduous march" like the famine of the mid-1990s as it threatens to test another intercontinental ballistic missile that threatens the U.S. mainland.
The regime is expected to officially adopt the doctrine at an extraordinary full session of the Workers Party Central Committee in late December.
North Korea has set a year-end deadline for concessions from the U.S., which are unlikely to be forthcoming.
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