North Korean official says security needed to expand economy
PYONGYANG (AP) - The head of North Korea's parliament says his country wants to focus on improving its struggling economy and raising its standard of living, but can only do so if the United States abandons what he calls a hostile policy toward Pyongyang.
Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's de facto head of state, says economic growth is the government's top goal. But he said such improvements can only be made once North Korea is confident it will not be attacked by the United States.
North Korea says it wants a formal peace treaty ending the 1950-53 Korean War and all U.S. troops removed from South Korea, and Kim reiterated that position on Friday in a meeting in Pyongyang with Gary Pruitt, president and CEO of The Associated Press.