This picture taken on October 10, 2021 and released by the DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency on Oct 11 shows DPRK top leader Kim Jong-un giving a speech to mark the 76th anniversary of the Workers' Party of Korea in Pyongyang. (STR / KCNA VIA KNS / AFP)
SEOUL – Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader Kim Jong-un urged officials to focus on improving citizens' lives in the face of a "grim" economic situation, state media reported on Monday, as he marked the anniversary of the country's ruling party.
To celebrate the 76th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea on Sunday, Kim made a speech to a gathering of officials, the KCNA news agency said.
Officials should not wish for privilege and preferential treatment, and "should always consider whether their work infringe upon the interests of the people or cause trouble to the people," Democratic People’s Republic of Korea top leader Kim Jong-un said
Art performances, galas, and a fireworks show were held in Pyongyang, but no large military parade, which are sometimes held on such occasions, was reported.
The DPRK's economy has been battered by years of sanctions over its nuclear and weapons programs, and heavy rains and floods have also taken a toll.
The country faces "huge tasks for adjusting and developing the state economy" and accomplishing the economic goals established in recent party and government meetings, Kim said in a speech focused largely on party matters.
"The only way for dynamically pushing forward the unprecedented crucial work despite grim situation is for the entire Party to get united," he added.
Officials should not wish for privilege and preferential treatment, and "should always consider whether their work infringe upon the interests of the people or cause trouble to the people," Kim said.
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