Kim says Py­ongyang wants peace

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North Korea will not use its nu­clear weapons first un­less its sovereignty is in­vaded, leader Kim Jong Un has stated dur­ing a crit­i­cal rul­ing party congress.

Kim also said he is ready to im­prove ties with “hos­tile” na­tions in a diplo­matic over­ture in the face of in­ter­na­tional pressure over its re­cent nu­clear test and long-range rocket launch. He called for more talks with ri­val South Korea to re­duce mis­un­der­stand­ing and dis­trust be­tween them and urged the United States to stay away from in­ter-Korean is­sues, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Korean Cen­tral News Agency.

“Our repub­lic is a re­spon­si­ble nu­clear state that, as we made clear be­fore, will not use nu­clear weapons first un­less ag­gres­sive hos­tile forces use nu­clear weapons to in­vade on our sovereignty,” Kim said in a speech car­ried by the KCNA.

He said that North Korea “will sin­cerely ful­fill its du­ties for the non-pro­lif­er­a­tion of nu­clear weapons and work to re­alise the de­nu­cle­ariza­tion of the world”.

The North is ready to im­prove and nor­malise ties with coun­tries hos­tile to it if they re­spect its sovereignty and ap­proach it in a friendly man­ner, Kim added.

De­spite the talks about more diplo­matic ac­tiv­ity, Kim also made it clear that the North has no plans to dis­card its “by­ongjin” pol­icy of si­mul­ta­ne­ously de­vel­op­ing its weapons and its do­mes­tic econ­omy.

In a speech pub­lished by the North’s Rodong Sin­mun, Kim de­scribed the twin pol­icy as a strat­egy the party must per­ma­nently hold on to for the “max­imised in­ter­est of our rev­o­lu­tion”.

Many out­side an­a­lysts con­sider the pol­icy un­likely to suc­ceed be­cause of the heavy price North Korea pays for its nu­clear pro­gramme in terms of in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions that keep its econ­omy from grow­ing.

At the congress, Kim also an­nounced a five-year plan start­ing this year to de­velop the North’s dis­mal econ­omy and iden­ti­fied im­prov­ing the coun­try’s power sup­ply and in­creas­ing its agri­cul­tural and light-man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­duc­tion as the crit­i­cal parts of the pro­gramme. He also said the coun­try must se­cure more elec­tric­ity through nu­clear power plants, ac­cord­ing to the state me­dia.

An­a­lysts have an­tic­i­pated Kim would use the first Work­ers’ Party congress in decades to pro­pose talks with ri­vals to ex­ploit what he con­sid­ers to be in­creased lever­age as a nu­clear power.

Kim also said he is will­ing to talk to the South to re­duce bor­der ten­sions but said Seoul must show it is will­ing to play its part by stop­ping mil­i­tary drills with the US. nu­clear

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