North Korea's Kim Jong Un says country must deliver 'serious blow' to those imposing sanctions: KCNA

Kim Jong-un presiding over a political meeting in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong-un presiding over a political meeting in Pyongyang.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SEOUL (REUTERS) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country needs to deliver a "serious blow" to those imposing sanctions through a self-reliant economy, North Korean state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Thursday (April 11).

KCNA said Mr Kim stated North Korea's position on the second United States-North Korea summit that took place recently, saying: "We must deal a serious blow to the hostile forces who are mistakenly determined to bring us down with sanctions by advancing the socialist construction to a high level of self-reliance that fits our circumstances and state, based on our own power, technology and resources."

North Korea is expected to convene a session of its legislature, the Supreme People's Assembly, on Thursday, while US President Donald Trump is expected to hold a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in later that same day.