The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) top leader, Kim Jong Un, recently stated that his country is facing a “extremely critical” security situation and that tougher self-defense measures are required. Kim made the statements at the party’s eighth Central Committee’s fifth enlarged plenary meeting, which ended on Friday. “The country’s current security situation is very critical, and the surrounding scenario has the potential to deteriorate further.” This puts pressure on the DPRK to meet its goal of building national defense capabilities as soon as possible, according to Kim.
“He called for making an in-depth analysis and review of the evils and shortcomings revealed in every sector during the maximum emergency anti-epidemic work from a critical and developmental viewpoint and adjusting and reinforcing in a more scientific and revolutionary way the state work system to cope with the epidemic crisis,” the report said. According to the report, the government made a reshuffle at the meeting by dismissing or appointing some ministers, with Jon Sung Guk being appointed as vice-premier of the cabinet and Choe Son Hui as minister of foreign affairs.
Kim said that the right to self-defence is an issue of defending sovereignty, clarifying once again the Party’s invariable fighting principle of power for power and head-on contest. In his speech, Kim also talked about the current anti-epidemic campaign and underlined the need and urgency to strengthen the country’s foundations for public health and speed up the building of the anti-epidemic capacity.
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