‘We left a great mark…’, Kim Jong Un boasts of North Korea’s achievements at key year-end meeting

 – Gudstory

‘We left a great mark…’, Kim Jong Un boasts of North Korea’s achievements at key year-end meeting – Gudstory

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North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un praised Pyongyang’s achievements and victories in 2023 as he kicked off a key political meeting to set new policy goals for 2024, state media reported on Wednesday.

In his opening-day speech at the meeting that began on Tuesday, Kim Jong Un described 2023 as “the year of great change and great transformation in both name and reality, in which (North Korea) left a great mark in the glorious course of development”. According to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), “in efforts to improve national power and enhance the country’s prestige.”

KCNA reported that North Korea made rapid advances in its defense capabilities this year, as the country launched its first military spy satellite in November and introduced other sophisticated weapons during the year.

KCNA also said North Korea reported a rare good harvest this year due to new irrigation systems built ahead of schedule and meeting key agricultural objectives set by the government.

According to South Korea’s government Rural Development Administration, North Korea’s grain production was estimated at 4.8 million tons, up 6.9% from 4.5 million tons the previous year.

Kim Jong Un’s year-end meeting: What did the expert say?

Hong Min, an analyst at the Korea Institute for National Unification in Seoul, said Pyongyang avoided publicly detailing this year’s economic projects at the meeting, but used the rhetoric to boast of its growing military programs.

Hong added that attention outside North Korea will focus on what Pyongyang will say about relations with the United States, China and Russia and what steps it will take to strengthen Kim’s leadership as he turns 40 next month. Will become of.

Achievements of North Korea in 2023

Last week, North Korea test-fired its most advanced ICBM, the solid-fueled Hwasong-18, the third of its kind this year, which is designed to attack the mainland US. On November 21, North Korea put its first military spy satellite into orbit, although outside experts question its high-resolution imagery.

,with agency input,

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Published: 27 Dec 2023, 06:03 PM IST


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