Updated January 01, 2021 10:32 a.m.
- Kim Jong Un addressed the population with a handwritten letter on the New Year and thanked them for their support in “difficult times”.
- In Pyongyang, the turn of the year was celebrated with fireworks and dancing – according to the authorities, the corona pandemic has not yet reached the country.
The North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un thanked the population in a rare New Year’s letter for supporting the ruling party in these “difficult times”. The handwritten letter was released on Friday, just before a major party congress to set the country’s economic goals. Kim usually gives a TV address on January 1st, but he skipped it for the first time last year.
Authorities: Corona pandemic has not yet reached North Korea
The New Year’s letter reached North Koreans after the festivities in Kim-Il-Sung Square in Pyongyang, where the New Year started with fireworks, singing and dancing. The celebration took place despite the corona pandemic instead, which, according to the authorities, has not yet reached the country.
In the letter circulated by the state news agency KCNA, Kim wished the people good luck and health and wrote: “In the New Year I will work hard to usher in the new era even earlier, in which the Ideals and wishes of our people will come true. “
A new five-year plan will be drawn up in January
Kim also thanked the people for the party’s support “in difficult times” – apparently referring to that economic hardship that was triggered by international sanctions and the strict measures taken to combat the coronavirus.
According to South Korean media, sent last Kim’s Father Kim Jong Il iIn 1995 a New Year’s message to the people.
The Congress at which a new economic and political plan is to be set up is the first such meeting in five years and only the eighth in the history of North Korea. North Korean media reports suggest that the congress will take place in early January, but the exact date is not known. (AFP / dh)