North Korea faces a historic turning point: state media

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‘Time to tighten our shoe-strings’

North Korea is facing a “significant, historic turning point”, state media said on Monday, ahead of a highly-anticipated second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.

The meeting between the two leaders — which will be the second time the pair have come together following their Singapore summit in June — is scheduled for Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27-28. Attention has been focused on whether the U.S. team will offer to lift some economic sanctions on North Korea, in return for Pyongyang taking concrete steps toward denuclearisation.

“It is time for us to tighten our shoe-strings and run fast, looking for a higher goal as we face this decisive moment,” the Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in an editorial.

“Our country is facing a significant, historic turning point,” it added, without explicitly referencing the summit. Earlier this month, Mr. Trump tweeted that North Korea will become a “great Economic Powerhouse” under Mr. Kim.

“He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is,” said Trump.

The commentary also called on North Koreans to make greater efforts to boost the country’s economy.

North Korea is rising as a “strong, socialist nation,” and one’s true act of patriotism begins at one’s workplace, the commentary added. “Each and every product should be made to make our country shine.”

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