Kim from North Korea meets with senior officials to discuss economy – KCNA
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called a meeting of senior workers’ party officials to assess and improve the economy in the second half of the year, state media KCNA reported on Tuesday.
Kim is looking to play a bigger role in government to revive an economy hit by international sanctions aimed at halting its nuclear program and strict border closures to ward off the coronavirus.
North Korea has not officially confirmed any cases of COVID-19, although officials in Seoul have said an outbreak cannot be ruled out because the North had trade and people-to-people exchanges with China before closing its border. at the beginning of last year. Read more
In April, Kim urged ruling party officials to lead another “hard march” of work and sacrifice, linking the current economic crises to a 1990s period of famine and disaster. Read more
Monday’s meeting with senior officials was a precursor to the ruling party’s Central Committee plenary meeting later in June, according to KCNA. Kim released a plan to bring “tangible change in stabilizing the state’s economic work and people’s lives,” KCNA said.
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