Last Friday, Kim Jong Un delivered a speech at the end of the ruling party’s deliberation. At the same time, the speech was to be a summary of the ten-year power in the country of the leader. Much attention was paid to economic matters.
North Korea has to grapple with problems with its food supply. The economic situation in the country includes the consequences and the rigors of the coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) pandemic. The state authorities have almost completely blocked exchanges and border crossings with China and the Russian Federation. This, in turn, brought trade with these countries to almost nothing. In addition, Korea was hit by natural disasters in 2020, the effects of which are expected to threaten agriculture in a particular way.
Kim Jong Un – as reported by BBC News World, citing a message from the Korean Central Information Agency (KCNA) – stated that in the new year “the main task is to increase the development and improve people’s living standards.” In general, he called the prevailing situation in the country in 2021 “difficult”. He also said that the state must perform “the important task of making radical progress in solving the problem of food, clothing and housing for people.”
“The work of epidemic prevention should have the highest priority in the work of the state,” said the Korean leader.
At the same time, Kim Jong Un stressed that Pyongyang should continue to strengthen its defense capabilities due to “the increasingly unstable military situation on the Korean Peninsula”. Consequently, he ordered the production of powerful, modern weapon systems to strengthen the army’s combat capabilities. He also called for “absolute loyalty” to the party leadership. The appeal was supposed to concern the military in a special way.
Kim Jong Un seized power in December 2011 following the death of his father Kim Jong Il. Under his rule, North Korea, incl. has considerably developed its nuclear arsenal. However, the economy is about to collapse.
Despite all this, Kim described 2021 as “the year of the great victory.” The beginning of 2022 is to be “a great fight for life and death”.
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