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Photo diffusée le 1er janvier 2022 par l'agence KCNA montrant Kim Jong Un à la tribune d'une réunion du comité central du Parti des travailleurs au pouvoir, à Pyongyang © STR Photo released on January 1, 2022 by the KCNA agency showing Kim Jong one at the platform of a meeting of the Central Committee of the Party Workers in power, in Pyongyang

The North Korean leader Kim Jong one has placed the economy at the heart of his speech after an important meeting of the ruling party, reported Saturday the state media.

Unlike previous years, where its new year speech focused on its diplomatic policy, the leader has made economic development and the food situation its priority, at a plenary meeting of the Party of Workers in power..

The North Korean regime, which is under the full series of international sanctions because of its prohibited military programs, suffers from food shortages and trouble to feed its population.

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The pressure on the North Korean economy has been reinforced by the closing of the borders ordered to fight against the pandemic.

"It is important to take a decisive step in solving problems related to the daily needs of the population," said Kim Yong One, according to the official North Korean news agency KCNA.

The North has recorded in 2020 its largest economic recession for two decades, according to the central bank of South Korea.

The leader had recognized in June that his country was facing a "outstanding food situation".

In October, a UN Human Rights expert warned that the most vulnerable were "threatened with famine".

The leader, who succeeded his father Kim Jong there are ten years ago, indicated at the meeting of his party that the fight against the pandemic was one of the main objectives of the coming year.

North Korea: Kim Jong A fact of the economy The priority for 2022

 North Korea: Kim Jong A fact of the economy The priority for 2022 © KCNA via KNS / AFP L E North Korean leader Kim Jong An has placed the economy at the heart of his speech The outcome of an important meeting of the party in power, reported on Saturday the state media. Unlike previous years, where its new year speech focused on its foreign policy, the leader has made economic development and the food situation its priority at a plenary meeting of the Party of Workers.

"Emergency measures against the epidemic must be placed at the top of the national priorities and be vigorously implemented ... without the slightest release, gap or the slightest fault".

In his speech, he did not mention directly neither the United States nor South Korea, confined to declare that Pyongyang would continue to strengthen its military capacities.

"The increasingly unstable military environment in the Korean Peninsula and the international situation require the strengthening of national defense capabilities," said Kcna, who did not give more details on what that means.

The deterioration of the pandemic's economic situation did not prevent Pyongyang from developing its arming program, according to a United Nations report published in October.

Negotiations with the United States are neutrated since the failure, in 2019, from the meeting between Kim Jon one and the US President Donald Trump, then President of the United States.

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