North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un addressed his nation’s only legal political party, the communist Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), on Wednesday with an optimistic speech that nonetheless acknowledged that his regime had failed to achieve its five-year goals in “almost all sectors.”Kim spent much of 2020 reprimanding party officials for failing to lift the nation’s economy from its dire state, the product of nearly a century of communist rule and onerous global sanctions in response to Kim’s latest nuclear weapons test in September 2017. Pyongyang’s closest ally on the world stage, China, approved the sanctions at the United Nations Security Council at the time. In addition to those factors, 2020 was a particularly difficult year for North Korea because of heavy flooding that killed at least dozens of people and destroyed much of the nation’s farmland, leaving the already starving population with even less food. North Korean officials claim that they have not documented a single case of Chinese coronavirus in the country, but outside observers believe that the pandemic has significantly hurt the country given its lack of a functional healthcare system. In response to the pandemic, but without admitting that it was a problem for the country, Kim… Read full this story
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