Ahead of a military parade in which he could unveil his last weapons, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered an 80-day nationwide campaign to revive the struggling economy.
Kim made her request at a ruling Workers’ Party’s political bureau meeting on Monday amid a difficult year for the Hermit Kingdom as the COVID-19 pandemic puts more pressure on a battered economy by recent storms.
“We have achieved historic feats with our costly efforts, boldly overcoming trials and difficulties of unprecedented gravity this year, but we must not rest on our laurels,” he said, according to the ‘Korean Central News Agency.
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“We still face challenges that cannot be overlooked and there are many goals we need to achieve this year,” said the bully.
In August, Kim announced that the ruling party would hold a convention in January to present a new five-year plan.
“The remaining days before the Eighth Party Congress are the end-of-year period of struggle and also the last phase of the implementation of the five-year national economic development strategy… so that the whole party and the whole country in fight -out campaign. ”
Last year, he vowed to make a “head-on breakthrough” in the campaign to build a self-sustaining economy in the face of tightening sanctions aimed at curbing the rogue regime’s nuclear and missile programs, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, analysts expect Pyongyang to showcase the latest developments in these programs on Saturday in a parade marking the ruling party’s 75th anniversary.
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They should keep an eye out for signs that North Korea could use the event to unveil new weapons or test firing a ballistic missile launched by a submarine.
Nuclear negotiations between the United States and North Korea have stalled since a summit with Kim and President Trump held in Vietnam last year failed to reach a deal.
This article first appeared in the New York Post.