The newly installed members of the Cabinet were encouraged by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to dedicate themselves to the country and serve the people like “God”.
The leader made this announcement as he held a photo session with his Cabinet members, according to a report of a state media on Tuesday.
According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Kim articulated “the belief and expectations that they will deeply cherish the noble idea that the people are God and the idea of dedicating to the people.”
The leader and the Cabinet members shook hands with each other and conducted a photo session in what seems to be intended at exerting his power behind the Cabinet to make his economic goals a reality.
During the gathering, Kim emphasized to the Cabinet members the necessity of “devotion and bravery”. Members of the Cabinet are the ones handling the economic affairs in hitting the goal of the country’s new economic plan for five years that was formulated during the newly concluded ruling party congress. Kim encouraged Cabinet members to deliver “substantial changes” regarding the matter.
The five-year economic development scheme was introduced by the leader during the congress. It centers mainly on self-sustenance while the world battles with COVID-19, and the country’s situation under the international sanctions initiated by Washington. Kim demanded for a “do-or-die struggle” to achieve his plan for the next five years.
On Sunday, the parliament approved the five-year development plan, according to a report of the KCNA on Monday. It said that Kim’s plan gained anonymous support from the members of the Supreme People’s Assembly. The assembly also provided a green light to the main Cabinet reshuffling, which was slammed by the leader over its policies concerning the economy. The Cabinet eight premiers were replaced by the parliament, the KCNA said.
However, reports from the state media suggest that the leader was absent during the assembly. It did not make mention of the reorganization of the government’s highest decision-making body under Kim’s leadership: the State Affairs Commission.
The Supreme People’s Assembly meetings are typically short, yearly gatherings that aim to give a nod to budgets, ratify personnel changes and rubber-stamp policies set by the leader and the ruling party leadership as main concerns.
Meanwhile, the KCNA said that during the photo session, the leader also joined with publishing and printing field employers who contributed to the recently ended ruling party congress meeting.