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North Korean leader dials down hostile rhetoric

Publié par Clifford Armion le 04/02/2013

Jack Kim and David Chance

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader appeared to tamp down hostile rhetoric that had threatened impending war with the United States and South Korea in a key speech published on Tuesday that implied the isolated country was shifting its focus to development.
Pyongyang has launched relentless verbal attacks and threats against the United States and South Korea since new U.N. sanctions punishing it for its February nuclear test were adopted and during military drills by the South and U.S. forces.
But the speech delivered on Sunday by Kim Jong-un focused on how nuclear capability supported economic development although it accused the United States of seeking to drag North Korea into an arms race in a bid to hinder its economic improvement.
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"North Korean leader dials down hostile rhetoric", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), février 2013. Consulté le 23/09/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/north-korean-leader-dials-down-hostile-rhetoric