In what can be assumed to be a change of heart, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appears to have shifted his focus from nuclear weapons or the United States to tractor factories and school uniforms for 2022, according to the reports. summaries shared by state media on Saturday.
The indications appear to have come during a speech by the leader on Friday after the 4th plenary meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK). The meeting had started on Monday.
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Kim said that North Korea’s main goals for 2022 will be to boost economic development and improve people’s lives as it faces a “great struggle to the death.”
In 2011, after the death of his father, Kim took over the country. The meetings coincided with the tenth anniversary of the development.
“The fundamental tasks that await the party and the people next year are to provide a firm guarantee for the implementation of the five-year plan and to bring about remarkable changes in the national development and the lives of the people,” Kim said. .
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Usually Kim uses New Years speeches to make major political announcements.
In the majority of the speech, Kim spoke of domestic issues, ranging from an ambitious plan for rural development to feeding people, school uniforms and the need to crack down on “non-socialist practices.”
(With contributions from agencies)