Kim Jong-un

North Korea’s leader lambasts ‘brigandish’ sanctions

Kim Jong-un rebuked what he called ‘hostile forces’ for ‘trying to stifle the Korean people’ but did not mention a specific country

PUBLISHED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 5:41pm
UPDATED : Friday, 17 August, 2018, 10:13pm

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attacked “hostile forces” over “brigandish” sanctions, state media reported on Friday, as Washington seeks to maintain pressure on Pyongyang over its nuclear programme.

Kim and US President Donald Trump held a groundbreaking summit in Singapore in June, which the American leader touted as a historic breakthrough.

But there has been little movement since and the North has criticised Washington for its “gangster-like” demands for complete, verifiable and irreversible disarmament.

The US has urged the international community to maintain tough sanctions on the isolated country, and the US Treasury this week announced measures against Russian and Chinese companies for alleged violations.

On a visit to a building site in the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area, Kim rebuked what he called “hostile forces” for “trying to stifle the Korean people through brigandish sanctions and blockade”, the Korean Central News Agency reported.

But Pyongyang is keen to preserve what it calls a “new era” of relations with the US and Kim stopped short of criticising the country by name.

Wonsan-Kalma is a vast development on the North’s east coast, which Kim ordered to be ready by October 10 next year, an important public holiday which marks the founding of a precursor to the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.