Kim Jong Un acknowledges that North Korea’s development goals have been “severely delayed”, in the latest indication that sanctions, floods and coronoviruses have caused a triple setback to the country’s already unknown economy.
Kim said at the first meeting in eight months of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers Party of Korea that the country had “faced unexpected and unavoidable challenges in various aspects”, state media said on Thursday. According to the Korean Central News Agency, Kim said, “There has been a delay in the attainment of goals for improving the national economy and people’s living standards have not improved significantly.”
The statement was the latest in a series by Kim complaining about the pace of the goals of the Kim policy, a striking admission for the state built on the ineptitude of the Kim family’s rule. In recent months, Kim lambasted Cadres for what he saw as Lux virus management and blamed those responsible for building his showcase Pyongyang General Hospital, saying he was “reckless with party policies and spending” ” Huh.
The North Korean leader resolved to unveil a new five-year economic development plan at the ruling party Congress to be held in January, which did not go into details. The final five-year plan was unveiled in 2016.Key-party meetings often result in a cadre shakeup, which could mean new powers for key officials such as his sister, Kim Yo Jong, and others. At a Politburo meeting last week, Kim sacked the premier he had appointed a year earlier, removing the southern border town of Kesong from a virus lockdown, and said he would not accept foreign food aid because of the risk posed by the epidemic .
Although state media has made no mention of US-led sanctions on the country, the Pyongyang campaign has repeatedly come out. In December, Kim similarly told the Central Committee that “the state of the national economy has not improved,” adding that the state’s role as the organizer of economic work has not been enhanced.
Kim faces difficulties on various fronts, and an alleged health scare earlier this year raised questions about succession. His nuclear discussion with President Donald Trump is a halt to seeking relief without sanctions, and this week the US and South Korea ceased joint military exercises.
“Unless there is a major change – such as pushing for economic reform or improving relations with South Korea, China and / or Russia – it will be difficult for North Korea to provide economic prosperity,” Yang Moo-jin is a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul who has advised the South Korean government over the years.
The economy was already under pressure from his decision to close borders due to coronavirus in January, which put a brake on its negative legal business. According to Fitch Solutions, this year, troubles could send the economy into its biggest contraction since 1997.
In the summer of this year, torrential rains have abolished farming in the state, increasing food insecurity in the country where the UN World Food Program says that about 40% of the population is Malnourished.
North Korea has claimed that it has no confirmed cases of Kovid-19, claimed by US and Japanese officials.