The 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea opened on June 15 amid unusual concern and expectations of all the Party members and other people across the country who are keeping high fighting spirit braving manifold difficulties in their advance along the path indicated by the historic 8th Party Congress.
The WPK Central Committee has convened the plenary meeting for the mid-term summing up of the implementation of major policies of the Party and the state for 2021 assigned at the 2nd Plenary Meeting of the 8th WPK Central Committee, for taking measures to solve the pending issues urgent for improving the economic work and the people’s living and for the discussion of and decision on issues for powerfully and correctly pushing forward crucial state work under the prevailing situation.
The respected Comrade Kim Jong Un, general secretary of the WPK, guided the plenary meeting.
The moment Kim Jong Un appeared at the meeting hall to mount the platform together with members of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee, all the participants broke into enthusiastic cheers for the respected General Secretary who is wisely leading the historic struggle of our Party and people toward the new victory of socialist construction with his outstanding ideology and theory and energetic leadership activities.
Besides, the members of the Party central leadership organ, officials of the departments of the Party Central Committee, officials of ministries, national agencies and armed forces organs and leading officials of the province-level guidance organs, cities, counties and complexes were present there as observers.
Kim Jong Un presided over the plenary meeting upon authorization of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee.
He said with high appreciation that positive achievements have been made in the work of the Party and the state and the revolutionary zeal of our people have been boosted up to now since the whole Party confirmed the first-year plan for implementing the decisions of the Party Congress and started its implementation.
The subjective and objective conditions and environment for the revolutionary struggle have become worse upon entering this year but the country’s economy has shown improvement as a whole as evidenced by the implementation of the first half-yearly plan for total industrial output value at 144 percent, a 25 percent increase as against the same period last year, and a huge growth made in terms of actual amount of goods, he said.
He said that some deviations were revealed in the course of carrying out the state plan and policy tasks owing to several obstacles and difficulties facing us at present.
Saying that, in particular, the people’s food situation is now getting tense as the agricultural sector failed to fulfil its grain production plan due to the damage by typhoon last year, he stressed that the plenary meeting should take a positive measure for settling the problem.
Noting that now is high time to give full play to the indomitable revolutionary spirit and the fighting traits of self-reliance and fortitude, the vital power peculiar to the Korean revolution, he said that it is the main purport of convening the plenary meeting to take thorough measures for fulfilling this year’s policy tasks without fail by further arousing the high fighting spirit of the whole Party and all the people.
He suggested agenda items to be taken up for discussion at the plenary meeting.
Put as major agenda items were the issue of reviewing the execution of major state policies for the first half of the year and taking measures, the issue of directing all efforts to farming this year, the issue of thoroughly coping with the protracted nature of the emergency epidemic prevention situation, the issue of our Party’s corresponding direction in the analysis of the current international situation, the issue of stabilizing and improving the people’s living standards and the issue of improving and strengthening the Party’s childcare policy and the organizational issue.
Members of the Party Central Committee decided on the agenda items with unanimous approval.
The plenary meeting discussed the first agenda item.
Reported to the meeting were actual data on the execution of major policy tasks for the first half of the year and issues that require urgent Party and state measures.
Kim Tok Hun, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and premier of the Cabinet, made a detailed report on the execution of the policy tasks for the economic field for this year, Pak Jong Chon, chief of the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army, on the work of the People’s Army, and Kim Jae Ryong, department director of the Party Central Committee, on the campaign against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices.
The General Secretary made an important concluding speech on matters brought up for discussion on the first agenda item.
In the concluding speech, he analyzed and reviewed in detail the work of every sector and unit of the national economy for the first half of the year and set forth the tasks and ways for sectors to bring about substantial changes and development-oriented results without fail and provide a firm guarantee for carrying out the five-year plan.
He called for ensuring responsible economic operation and commanding and carrying out this year’s economic plan without fail in complete reliance on the advanced science and technology while expanding achievements and experience gained in the key industrial sectors like metal, chemistry, electricity, coal and construction and building materials and in all other sectors like light industry, fishery, urban management and land and environment protection and overcoming deviations and shortcomings.
He emphasized that different sectors of cultural construction, including education, public health and the art and literature should innovatively organize and develop their work in line with the realistic conditions and policy requirements and thus further display the advantages of socialist system.
He clarified the principled problems which should be regarded as guidelines in waging in a more aggressive and efficient way the struggle against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices on which hinge the future of Korean-style socialism and the destiny of the people.
He indicated the important tasks arising in further developing the Party work at present, saying that the innovation and strengthening of the Party work would lead to consolidating the might of the Party and the revolutionary ranks as firm as a rock and to firmly ensuring the Party’s political leadership over the revolution and construction.
Finishing the concluding speech on the first agenda item, he stressed that all the sectors and units should be fully aware of their sacred responsibility and duty before the Party and the revolution and make redoubled efforts to successfully attain the fighting goals for this year.
There was a discussion of the second agenda item at the plenary meeting.
Ri Chol Man, department director of the Party Central Committee, made a detailed report on the actual state of the farm work up to now.
The respected General Secretary said having a good crop is a militant task our Party and state must fulfil as a top priority issue to provide the people with a stable life and successfully step up socialist construction, adding that it is essential for the whole Party and state to concentrate on farming in the light of the lesson from last year’s farming and under this year’s unfavourable conditions.
He stressed the need for agricultural and meteorological observation sectors to take measures to minimize natural disaster in close cooperation with each other and for every sector to powerfully support them after setting it as a key issue for attaining this year’s goal of grain production to overcome affection by disastrous weather getting ever more serious.
The plenary meeting discussed as the third agenda item the issue of getting thoroughly prepared for the emergency anti-pandemic situation assuming prolonged nature.
The respected General Secretary listened to the report on the analysis of the present situation of the state emergency epidemic prevention work and clarified the urgent tasks that have to be carried out by the state at any cost, now that the world health crisis is becoming worse and worse due to the malignant virus.
Saying that the prolonged emergency anti-pandemic situation means the prolonged fullest awareness and prolonged observation of the strong discipline in the state emergency epidemic prevention work and also the prolonged struggle for keeping afloat the overall economy and for providing food, clothing and housing for the people, he advanced the tasks for the state to maintain perfect epidemic prevention state under the present condition and for the economic guidance organs to meticulously organize the economic work to cope with such unfavourable conditions.
Specially emphasizing that all the Party organizations and power organs should direct primary efforts to the work of fully and timely solving what is needed by the people in their living, he took revolutionary measures for boosting production in the sectors directly linked with the people’s living, including light industry and fishery.
The participants are seriously discussing the issues with a single determination to carry out the tasks for their sectors and units at any cost, bearing deep in mind the contents of the important concluding speech made by the respected General Secretary.
The plenary meeting continues.