REFILE-ANALYSIS-N.Korea urges citizens to 'break through barriers' as nuclear standoff continues

REFILE-ANALYSIS-N.Korea urges citizens to 'break through barriers' as nuclear standoff continuesWhile a North Korean deadline for the United States to soften its stand on denuclearisation talks passed uneventfully over the New Year, state media and propaganda efforts have been focussing on the prospect of a long confrontation with the United States. Optimism that two years of contacts between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump would usher in a new age, and related hopes for economic improvement after decades of deprivation, appear to have faded.

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