This picture taken and released from the Korean Central News Agency on May 29, 2022 shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un attending a meeting at the Workers' Party of Korea'sParty of Korea's Politburo at the headquarters of the party's Central Committee in Pyongyang. STRAFP PYONGYANG - Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, said his country faces a very serious security situation and needs stronger self-defense measures, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Saturday.
Kim made remarks at the fifth enlarged plenary meeting of the party's eighth Central Committee, which ended on Friday.
The current security environment of the country is very serious and the surrounding situation carries a danger of being aggravated further. Kim said that this urgently calls for the DPRK to achieve the goal of bolstering the national defense capability as soon as possible.
Kim said that the right to self-defense is an issue of defending sovereignty, clarifying again the Party's invariable fighting principle of power for power and head-on contest.
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In his speech, Kim talked about the current anti-epidemic campaign and underlined the need and urgency to improve the country's foundations for public health and increase the building of the anti-epidemic capacity.
He called for an in-depth analysis and review of the evils and shortcomings revealed in every sector during the maximum emergency anti-epidemic work from a critical and developmental perspective and adjusting and reinforcing in a more scientific and revolutionary way the state work system copes with the epidemic, the report said.
According to the report, the government reshuffled the meeting by dismissing or appointing some ministers, with Jon Sung-guk being appointed vice-premier of cabinet and Choe Son-hui as minister of foreign affairs.