The North Korean leader has described the current moment as “gloomy” and has asserted that they face great challenges when it comes to developing the state economy and achieving the objectives set
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted on Monday that the country is in a bad economic situation and urged senior officials to focus on improving the “quality of life” of the population.
As part of the celebration of the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party, Kim described the current situation as “grim” and asserted that the country faces great challenges in developing the state economy and achieving the set goals.
The anniversary celebration took place in Pyongyang, the country’s capital, in an event with fireworks and various musical performances, according to the state news network KCNA,
North Korea’s economy, which has been hit hard by international sanctions imposed because of its nuclear program, has been progressively deteriorating since the coronavirus pandemic was detected.
Over the weekend, Romania’s diplomatic delegation to the country, the last remaining EU mission in the country, has left North Korean soil. As Kim explained, the party has set out to “efficiently” go ahead with the national economic plan, which envisages a phased implementation lasting five years.
In addition, he has called on the authorities to “serve the people as if they were a god” and to consider at all times whether their work “infringes the interests of the people or causes some kind of problem.”
This marks Kim’s first speech on the party’s founding anniversary since he came to power in late 2011. Thus, he has highlighted the “brilliant achievements” made by the party over the past decade.