Seoul, Korea -North Korean leader Kim Jong Un admitted that when North Korea addressed thousands of grassroots members of the ruling party at a major political meeting in Pyongyang, it was facing “the most serious situation.”
Experts say that Kim Jong Il may be facing the most difficult moment when he is about to celebrate his tenth anniversary in power. North Korea’s lock-in on the coronavirus has brought a further impact on the economy that has been badly managed for decades and sanctioned by the US-led nuclear weapons program.
North Korea’s official North Korean Central News Agency said that Kim made the comments at the opening ceremony of the Workers’ Party Organization Secretary Meeting on Tuesday.
Kim Jong Il said: “Improve the people’s living standards… even in the most severe situation in history, we must overcome unprecedented challenges, depending on the role of the party’s grassroots organizational cells.”
He urged members to implement the decision made at the Party Congress in January, when he vowed to face American pressure to strengthen nuclear deterrence and announced a new five-year national development plan. The Congress showed it a few months before Kim Jong-un in another political meeting. He admitted that his plan to improve the economy was unsuccessful, thus showing extraordinary frankness.
In his speech on Tuesday, Kim Jong Il also criticized the party’s grassroots units for unspecified “shortcomings”, and he said that they should be corrected immediately to ensure the party’s “healthy and sustainable” development.
The party branch composed of 5 to 30 members is the smallest party authority unit that supervises the operation and life of factories and other places. The Internet is an important tool for the Workers’ Party to maintain its power. The last cell secretary conference was held in 2017.
The economic setback made Kim Jong Un’s ambitious diplomacy with former President Trump nothing to speak of. Kim Jong Un collapsed due to disagreements over the sanctions on the steps to lift North Korea’s denuclearization.
Pyongyang has so far rejected the Biden administration’s proposal for talks, saying that Washington must first abandon its “hostile” policy and resume ballistic missile testing last month after a year of stagnation to increase pressure.