Seoul – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un urged officials to focus on improving the lives of citizens in the face of a “serious” economic situation, state media reported on Monday, as he celebrated the anniversary of the country’s ruling party. was marked.

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On Sunday, Kim delivered a speech to a gathering of officials to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the KCNA news agency said.

Art performances, gala and firework shows were held in Pyongyang, but no major military parades were occasionally reported to have been held on such occasions.


North Korea’s economy is battered by years of sanctions on its nuclear and weapons programs, and heavy rains and floods have also taken a toll.

The country’s most vulnerable risk starvation, and the worsening humanitarian situation could turn into a crisis after slipping deep into self-imposed isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, a UN rights investigator said last week in a report seen by Reuters .

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The country faces “massive tasks to accommodate and develop the state’s economy” and to meet the economic goals established at recent party and government meetings, with Kim speaking at large on party affairs in a speech. Focused on scale.

“Despite the dire situation, the only way to move forward the unprecedented important work dynamically is for the entire party to come together,” he said.

Officials should not desire privilege and preferential treatment, and “should always consider whether their work violates people’s interests or causes people trouble,” Kim said.

The US State Department on Thursday accused Kim’s government of being primarily responsible for the humanitarian situation in the country.

“The regime continues to exploit its citizens, violate their human rights, take resources from the nation’s people to build its illegal (weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programs,” spokesman Ned Price told a briefing in Washington. Is.” The United States supports efforts to provide humanitarian aid to North Korea.

(Reporting by Josh Smith; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)