North Koreans’ lives are ‘difficult’ but improving, Kim Jong Un says at plenum | NK News
July 20, 2024
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North Koreans’ lives are ‘difficult’ but improving, Kim Jong Un says at plenum

State media report on four-day retreat focuses on ideological and economic problems, makes no mention of foreign policy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un bemoaned economic “hardships” but expressed optimism about the direction of state policies at the end of a major party meeting, after retreating with hundreds of top officials to a remote mountain over the weekend.

State media’s final report on the four-day plenum released Tuesday focused on ideological and economic problems but made no mention of new foreign policy pronouncements, after Kim and Vladimir Putin signed a new mutual defense pact in Pyongyang last month.

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