This photo, released by the North's Korean Central News Agency on Jan. 22, 2020, shows one of the new propaganda posters highlighting the important tasks set forth at the fifth plenary meeting of the 7th Central Committee of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party early this year. This poster reads, "Self-reliance. Self-prosperity. Let's break through all hardships that hinder our progress." (KCNA-Yonhap)
North Korea's official newspaper Thursday urged stepped-up efforts to realize a self-reliant economy and carry out key policy goals unveiled in a rare party meeting earlier this month.
At the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party earlier this month, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un admitted the failure to meet the country's previous five-year development goals and put forward a new five-year plan focusing on self-reliance.
"The socialist economic construction is the most crucial task facing us today, and all-out efforts to achieve the five-year plan accompany a fierce battle against enemies," the Rodong Sinmun, the organ of the North's ruling party, said in an editorial.
"Our only way to live and our only way forward is to wage a deadly battle for the five-year plan and to build a continually developing economy unwavering under any external circumstances," it added.
The paper stressed the importance of reducing dependence on imported goods while recycling and using local materials to build a "self-reliant structure" in the economy.
It also called on officials and the ruling party to bring about actual results, saying that "the whole world is watching how we achieve the economic policies put forward by our party."
The North appears to be seeking realistic ways to achieve a self-reliant economy amid multiple challenges, including its ongoing antivirus campaign, devastation caused by typhoons and economic woes from global sanctions. (Yonhap)