North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, set Tuesday the goal of strengthening the country’s defense potential by 2023, Yohnap reported, citing the North Korean state agency KCNA. Kim noted in a report that there is a “new challenging situation” on the Korean Peninsula and the current world policy arena.
The North Korean leader also presented the political direction for the defense of the country’s sovereignty and its national interests.
Earlier this week, a statement from a plenary meeting of the North Korean Labor Party Central Committee noted that the country faced “unprecedented challenges and tests that hampered its progress.” However, these obstacles were “frustrated” by the “mature” leadership of the Labor Party and the “indomitable fighting spirit of the Korean people.”
“Today’s world full of events and changes, in which unpredictable difficulties constantly arise and constantly threaten the existence and development of our state and people, requires that the Labor Party, which has a solemn duty to carry out Korean-style socialism to a greater victory, make more responsible, scientific and timely judgment and determination,” the statement reads.
Kim Jong-un noted that the ruling party “has made more dynamic and broader progress in socialist construction” while being able to overcome “difficulties and challenges equivalent to ten years of struggle” after the 8th Party Congress, which it was held in January 2021.