During the 75th-anniversary military parade for Workers’ Party, Kim removed his glasses and wiped away tears. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sheds tears as he apologized in his speech. In his rare apology, Kim apologized for his failure to guide the country through the coronavirus outbreak.
An analyst indicated that Kim was experiencing great pressure on his regime.
“I’m really sorry for that.”
According to the Korea Times, Kim said, “Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea in me.” “But I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily.” “I’m really sorry for that.”
In the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, the regime featured a new intercontinental ballistic missile. Besides, there was other military hardware.
The analyst found that Kim used part of his speech to sympathize his people by suggesting unpleasant things that would happen. According to media accounts, he included words like “grave challenges”, “countless ordeals” and “unprecedented disasters”.
North Korea denies Covid-19 outbreak
Although Pyongyang emphasized that there were no recorded virus cases, China’s borders remain closed. The pandemic has greatly affected North Korea’s trade with China. In fact, China has always been North Korea’s biggest economic partner. Now, the economy has added difficulties to Kim while North Korea is still under years of international sanctions due to his nuclear and missile programmes. Also, he mentioned North Korea faced disaster damages, including typhoon and floods.
North Korea division director at the Korean Institute for National Unification, Hong Min told Korea Times that there was importance why he shed tears. He added that Kim was feeling great pressure on his leadership.
Improving ties with the South
Kim offered support to help people who were in hard times during the Covid-19 period, despite his presence of nuclear, missiles and tanks. Besides, he even voiced to hope that there would be an improvement in ties with South Korea.
However, the new long-range ballistic missile caused apprehension in the South. Following that, the foreign ministry called Pyongyang to resume denuclearisation talks.
In Kim’s speech, he revealed that nuclear force would come into force if threatened.
North Korea’s priority on nuclear and ballistic missile development disappointed a US official while talks with the US remained silence.
He urged Pyongyang to achieve complete denuclearisation through substantive negotiations.
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