North Korea Party Congress Opens With Kim Jong-un Admitting Failures

North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, admitted on Tuesday that his efforts to rebuild the country’s moribund economy have failed, as he opened his country’s biggest political event amid deepening economic trouble caused by the one-two punch of international sanctions and the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times reported. “Our five-year economic development plan has fallen greatly short of its goals in almost all sectors,” Mr. Kim said in his opening speech to the ruling Workers’ Party’s eighth congress that began in Pyongyang, the capital, on Tuesday. Mr. Kim said his country has been struggling with “a series of the worst of worst unprecedented crises.” The congress was expected to last for a few days to adopt a new five-year economic plan and reshuffle party leadership, with more details on Mr. Kim’s policy review to be announced later this week. Read more.

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