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North Korean leader is about to unveil a “new path” with his speech in early 2020

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is expected to deliver a speech on Wednesday for the New Year, in which he is likely to make a glimpse of a “new path” he has vowed to pursue if the United States fails to meet his deadline to soften its stance on nuclear disarmament.

The New Year’s speech is expected to touch on a wide range of issues, ranging from foreign affairs and military development to economics and education.

Kim had said in his speech at the beginning of 2019 that he might change course if Washington continued the campaign of pressure and demanded unilateral action, while stressing the “economic self-sufficiency”, an approach he announced following the tightening of sanctions.

The United States is on its way to ignore Kim’s year-end deadline, which Washington underestimates, to show more flexibility to resume talks aimed at dismantling North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea has provided few features of the “new path”, but US military leaders have said that Pyongyang’s next move may include testing an ICBM, the type it has stopped since 2017, as well as testing nuclear bombs.

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