North Korea on Thursday called for "self-reliance" and "fighting" outside powers after Pyongyang said it was "up to Washington to decide which Christmas gift to choose."
The call came today from the official North Rudong Shinmun newspaper, a day after state media reported leader Kim Jong-un's visit to Mount Paekdo, his father's dead birthplace and the highest sacred mountain peak on the Korean peninsula, amid speculation that it was The round may signal an imminent change in key policies.
The newspaper has published a number of articles in the name of high-ranking officials to urge intensified efforts to become self-reliant and resist outside powers aimed at isolating and suppressing the north, a clear reference to attempts to strengthen national unity in the face of deadlocked nuclear disarmament talks with Washington.
"As long as we have the revolutionary spirit inspired by Mt. Bekdo and the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance, we can stay alone and open the door to development and prosperity in our own way," said Deputy Prime Minister Kim Tok-hoon.
Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party Park Kwang-ho also urged people to become "patriots" armed with the revolutionary traditions left by the founding leader and found the current leader Kim Il-sung. Finished 2