North Korean leader Kim Jong Un convened a meeting of high-ranking Labor Party officials in the second half of the year to assess and improve the economy, state media reported to KCNA on Tuesday.
Kim seeks a bigger role in government to boost an economy ravaged by international sanctions to end the nuclear program and tight border closings to ward off the coronavirus.
North Korea has not officially confirmed any COVID-19 cases, although Seoul officials have said an outbreak cannot be ruled out there as the north had trade and personal exchanges with China prior to its border closing earlier last year. Continue reading
In April, Kim urged the ruling party officials to undertake yet another “heavy march” of labor and sacrifice, linking the current economic crisis to a period of famine and disaster in the 1990s. Continue reading
The meeting with senior officials on Monday was a precursor to the plenary session of the ruling party’s Central Committee in late June, according to KCNA. Kim released a plan to “make a tangible change in the stabilization of government economic work and people’s lives,” KCNA said.
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