Kim Jong-Un shifts focus to economy from military escalation

Special to WorldTribune.com

By Lee Jong-HeonEast-Asia-Intel.com

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un who mobilized the military and threatened U.S. allies with Weapons of Mass Destruction for the past months has shifted his focus to the economic front.

An undated photo released on April 28 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting the Haedanghwa Health Complex with wife Ri Sol-Ju.  /European Pressphoto Agency
An undated photo released on April 28 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting the Haedanghwa Health Complex with wife Ri Sol-Ju. /European Pressphoto Agency

On March 31, the Workers’ Party adopted the country’s “new strategic course of parallel economic construction and nuclear weapons development on the basis of self-reliance.”

The new strategy was approved on April 1 by the rubber-stamp Supreme People’s Assembly which also ratified a new law on “consolidating the position of a nuclear weapons state for self-defense,” declaring itself as “a full-fledged” nuclear power.

Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the Party, said on May 3 the country would take full advantage of the deterrence provided by its nuclear weapons to inject more resources into the building of its economy. “Only if the country becomes a nuclear power, can we pour funds and energy into the economic sector and strive for rapid growth,” it said.

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