Unfamiliar sounds from Pyongyang (daily newspaper Junge Welt)

The 8th Congress of the ruling Labor Party (PDAK) in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) ended after eight days on Wednesday. Before that, the North Korean metropolis Pyongyang was the setting for a highly unusual political performance. Right at the beginning last Tuesday, President Kim Jong Un presented an unvarnished inventory of the economic situation in the country, which has dramatically deteriorated due to three factors – international sanctions, the coronavirus pandemic and flood disasters. In his opening address, Kim said in his opening speech, the five-year plan for economic development had “missed its targets by a wide margin,” adding that the People’s Republic was facing “a series of worst unprecedented crises.”

When the PdAK held its last congress in 2016, it was the first such meeting in 36 years and also Kim’s first …

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