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North Korea’s Parliament Meets to Build ‘Socialist Fairytale Country’

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SEOUL – North Korea’s parliament convened this week to pass a law aimed at transforming the country into a “beautiful and civilized socialist fairytale country,” state media reported Thursday.

North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) convened for its first session on Wednesday and passed laws on greening and rural development, state news agency KCNA reported.

The two laws will help the ruling party’s efforts to implement a “radical turnaround in the countryside and its greening policy to achieve the rapid development of the Korean-style socialist countryside and transform the country into a beautiful and civilized socialist fairyland,” KCNA said, citing MP’s speech before the audience.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, who did not attend the session, pledged to improve people’s livelihoods and promote rural development amid mounting economic crises caused by the self-imposed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) lockdown, international sanctions over the country’s nuclear weapons program and natural disasters.

Many of Mr. Kim’s economic promises have yet to be fulfilled, analysts say, and aid agencies warn of rampant food shortages and other hardships.

Mr. Kim’s pledge to rebuild the typhoon-ravaged northern province and turn it into a “model” mining community has not made much progress, according to a report by 38 North, a US-based North Korea monitoring website, last month.

The United States has accused Kim of pouring resources into military projects at the expense of the country’s people. It said Russia approached North Korea this week about buying ammunition, potentially a windfall for the cash-strapped government in Pyongyang. Russia called the US report “fake”. — Reuters

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