An enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea took place.
Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and Supreme Commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, directed the meeting.
The meeting was attended by members and alternate members of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee.
Present there as observers were senior officials of the WPK Central Committee and other units.
Upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un presided over the meeting.
The meeting discussed in depth the principled issues of thoroughly applying the people-first principle in Party building and activities as required by the developing revolution, constantly strengthening the Party ranks and its fighting efficiency, ways of correctly executing the immediate political, military and economic tasks, and adopting and strictly enforcing A-class anti-epidemic measures to prevent the viral epidemic spreading rapidly across the world.
At the meeting acts alien to the Party, abuse of power, practices of privileges, indulgence in bureaucracy, corruption and irregularities revealed among senior officials of the WPK Central Committee and officials of the Party cadre training institution were criticized in an intensive manner and their gravity and consequences were sharply analyzed.
The Supreme Leader clarified the analysis of the issues by the WPK Central Committee and its stand on them, and dealt strong blows at the acts alien to the Party and unpopular and anti-socialist acts brought up for discussion to the meeting. He called on all the Party officials and organizations to draw a serious lesson from the recent incident, to make steady efforts to temper themselves and their units in a revolutionary manner and bring about a new turn in Party work.
The Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee removed Ri Man Gon and Pak Thae Dok from the posts of vice-chairmen of the WPK Central Committee.
The meeting adopted a decision to disband the party committee of the Party cadre training base which was involved in the practices of corruption and irregularities, and to impose relevant penalty.
It also discussed the issues of taking nationwide A-class anti-epidemic steps in a more thoroughgoing way and strictly putting them into practice in order to prevent the viral epidemic spreading rapidly around the world.
In case the infectious disease spreading beyond control finds its way into our country, it will entail serious consequences, the Supreme Leader said, noting that the strong measures taken by our Party and the government from the beginning have been the surest and highly reliable, preemptive and decisive preventive measures as this viral infection spreads so rapidly, its incubation period is uncertain and its transmission route is also scientifically uncertain.
An urgent task at present is to supplement and complement the law on the state emergency anti-epidemic and to readjust state crisis control regulations, he said, emphasizing that the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the Cabinet and other related institutions must further strengthen the state anti-epidemic force immediately and push ahead with the work for supplementing and complementing anti-epidemic means, system and laws based on the experiences gained through the on-going enforcement of preemptive and powerful anti-epidemic measures to cope with the disease.
The meeting also discussed measures to deter the influx and spread of the disease in a scientific, preemptive and lockdown way.
No special cases must be allowed within the state anti-epidemic system, he said, stressing the need to set up a strict discipline by which all the fields and units of the country unconditionally obey the command and control of the central headquarters for the emergency anti-epidemic work and thoroughly execute instructions from it, and to further tighten the system of reporting to the Party and legal surveillance.
He instructed the Cabinet and the central emergency anti-epidemic headquarters to seal off all the channels and space through which the infectious disease may find its way, and strengthen check-up, test and quarantine under the work system and order already in place.
The meeting also stressed the issue of tightening economic organization and anti-epidemic work under the prevailing situation and conditions so as to accomplish this year’s goals without fail and to thoroughly ensure the life and security of the people.
It is important for the Party organizations at all levels to have clear understanding of the intention of the WPK Central Committee and put it into practice, the Supreme Leader said, underlining the need for the Party to give an impetus so that the Cabinet and the economic institutions at all levels could provide proper economic operation and command under the present situation.
The anti-epidemic measures being taken by us is a crucial state affair for the defence of the people and a heavy responsibility of the WPK Central Committee, not just the prevention of the disease, he said, referring to the need for all to thoroughly carry out the decisions and instructions of the WPK Central Committee and direct all-out efforts to the security of the country and the life and safety of the people.
The meeting discussed the measures for pushing forward the construction of dwelling houses in Pyongyang and in provinces as required by the Party’s policy on construction which prioritizes the conveniences in the people’s living.
It also discussed an organizational matter.
Kim Yong Hwan was appointed as chairman of the Pyongyang Municipal Committee of the WPK, Ri Thae Il as chairman of the Ryanggang Provincial Committee of the WPK and Jang Yong Rok as chairman of the Kaesong Municipal Committee of the WPK. KCNA