N. Korea cites economic progress


UNITED NATIONS, United States: North Korea Foreign Affairs Minister Ri Su Yong said on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) before the UN General Assembly that despite recent gains in economic development, his country continued to face “serious obstacles” because of the continuing divisions separating the Korean peninsula. “Despite unprecedented persistent economic blockade, military threat and political obstruction, we have firmly safeguarded national dignity, effectively deterred war and put the stagnant economy onto an upward track,” Ri declared, citing recent successes in North Korea’s fishing industries and livestock farming as well as “a grand boom” in the construction sector. He noted, however, that the creation of a peaceful environment and reduction of tensions on the Korean peninsula were “ever more precious” for North Korea.



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