The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, has repeatedly defended "self-sufficiency" as a mechanism so that his country does not give in to international sanctions at a time when the dialogue on denuclearization with the United States. it is aground again.
Kim spoke in this way during the plenary meeting of the central committee of the Workers' Party held on Wednesday and reported Thursday by the state news agency KCNA.
"We should raise the standard of development of the socialist economy in a congruent manner and thus strike a blow at those installed in the error of believing that they can put us on our knees with sanctions," Kim said during the meeting.
The KCNA itself assures in the text that the North Korean Marshal pronounced the word "self-sufficiency" - a concept strongly rooted in the ideology conceived by the single party in the last seven decades - 27 times during the meeting.
It is believed that this insistence Kim could be mentalizing the North Koreans for a long negotiation with Washington after the failed Hanoi summit in February, which he mentioned in his speech, but in turn avoided direct criticism against Washington.
The disagreement in Hanoi revolved around the number of North Korean arms assets to be dismantled (apart from the nuclear one, Washington advocated that Pionyang also dismantle chemical and biological missiles and weapons) and the volume of sanctions on the regime that the United States would alleviate by way of " corresponding measure ".
Washington considered insufficient what was offered by Pyongyang, which called for the lifting of much of the sanctions in exchange for disabling its Yongbyon nuclear research center.
The North Korean leader's words are known the same day that the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, meet in Washington.
Seoul and Washington agree on the need to revive the stalled dialogue, but apparently diverge in ways to encourage Pyongyang to implement real progress in its denuclearization.
While Trump has been very blunt, Moon seems to be more in favor of progressively rewarding the regime for its advances and it is foreseeable that both leaders will treat this during their meeting.
Also scheduled for Thursday is the opening session of the new legislature in the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly (Parliament), where it is believed that Kim's speech could offer new clues about the direction that Pyongyang wants to take now in its rapprochement with USA