DPRK says it won't buckle under military pressure, sanctions

Li Jiayao

PYONGYANG, March 10 (Xinhua) -- The official media of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Saturday said neither military pressure nor sanctions from the United States would work on the DPRK, amid reports that Pyongyang and Washington could start a top-level dialogue soon.

The official Rodong Sinmun said in a commentary that the United States recently declared that it would impose sanctions on 56 designations under the pretext of preventing the DPRK from "attempting at evasion of sanctions."

Calling this "an open violation of international laws and an encroachment upon the sovereignty of the DPRK," the commentary said the United States tries to "isolate and stifle the DPRK through sanctions and blockade and weaken it in a bid to bring it under control with ease." ' "It is now making desperate efforts to stifle the DPRK while getting keen on the racket for sanctions and military pressure on the DPRK. But the army and the people of the DPRK will never be browbeaten," said the daily of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

The DPRK has not yet responded to the announcement made by South Korea and the United States that it has proposed to hold a DPRK-U.S. summit meeting by May.



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