North Koreans urged to achieve economic goals

North Koreans are expected to make the most of the rest of the year to support the regime’s economic plan, the official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said on Friday, as the North faces a growing economic crisis.

“Those who fall behind on what they’re supposed to do should come to their senses and respond to what our revolution demands: bold action,” the newspaper said, referring to the five-year initiative that national leader Kim Jong-un revealed in January. to revive the economy.

At the party convention in January, Kim set goals for each sector and admitted he had “woefully” failed to meet previous expectations. Nevertheless, Kim has not abandoned the Juche du Nord strategy, nor the pursuit of growth without outside help.

Le Rodong Sinmun said the regime had seen scientific and technological advancements, without giving details. Pyongyang has carried out several weapons tests this year, most recently a ballistic missile launched by a submarine in October. Preparations for a second test have been reported.

Meanwhile, the Unification Ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs in the South, said it was watching closely for signs of unusual activity in North Korea. Kim is seen as trying to consolidate his grip on power as he tries to build a more authoritarian regime.

Kim is now called “suryong,” a title the North Korean constitution reserves for Kim Il-sung – the grandfather of Kim Jong-un, who founded the regime – and Kim Jong-il, Kim’s father. Jong-un. State media have previously floated the idea of ​​”Kim Jong-un-ism,” meaning that what he does dictates the course of the regime without being guessed.

“The new title could mean that party leaders and organs are looking to reaffirm their loyalty to Kim,” the Unification Ministry said, adding that there was nothing unusual for Kim to do. no public appearance for about a month because he had done the same thing multiple times. in the past.

In December, it will be 10 years since Kim Jong-un came to power.

By Choi Si-young ([email protected])

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