The United States pushed through a series of UN resolutions a year ago that significantly escalated the pressure on North Korea's economy in response to Pyongyang's repeated tests to advance its nuclear weapons program.
China, which accounts for the vast majority of North Korea's foreign trade, has said it was enforcing the sanctions, despite skepticism from some analysts.
With his focus recently veering from nuclear weapons to economic growth, the North Korean leader - donning a white lab-coat style shirt and baggy grey pants - was fired-up as he berated bosses while wandering through a factory, power station and holiday camp, state media reported today.
An editorial in the official state newspaper of the North Korean ruling party, Rodong Sinmun, argued that South Korea has been exaggerating its role in denuclearization talks between Pyongyang and Washington.
"The sanctions are remaining".
"It is especially rare North Korea announces the ambassadorial meetings" ahead of time, the government source said. At the time, the conservative South Korean government said it was the first time a large group of North Koreans working overseas at a state-run restaurant had agreed to defect together. Giving up on the deadline will give North Korea a chance to become a nuclear-armed nation. However, they said that dialogue was contingent on the condition that North Korea give up its nuclear weapons.
Seoul's Unification Ministry said it has no comment on the Uriminzokkiri dispatch.
Since the end of the Korean War, both Koreas have banned ordinary citizens from visiting relatives on the other side of the border or contacting them without permission.
Since then, however, fuel prices have stabilized and even dropped in recent weeks, according to a report published last week on the North Korean Economy Watch website. VOA, citing real-time port entries from "MarineTraffic",. reported that one of those ships had been passing in and out of South Korea *22 times since last November.
With Kim abandoning his Byungjin policy - the simultaneous pursuit of economic development and nuclear weapons capability - and vowing to focus on fostering the North's impoverished economy since March, he seems to be seeking the lifting of global sanctions imposed on Pyongyang through diplomacy, according to experts.
The job for the USA now, he said, is "to get the entire country to understand that they have that strategically wrong". And if the projects go so far as to involve technology transfers, South Korea plans to discuss with the worldwide community the possibility of exceptions to the sanctions.