North Korea seeks self-sufficiency through technological development
Following the failure of the US-North Korea summit in Hanoi, the regime is adhering to a strategy of “enduring.” The organizers of a people’s committee director meeting in Pyongyang held last month ordered them to rely on their “self-sufficiency” efforts to resolve the food and electricity crisis. The meeting’s leaders also handed down orders to acquire “new scientific technology” to aid their plans.
During his speech at the meeting of the Supreme People’s Assembly in April, Kim Jong Un said that the strategic policy “pursued by our party and the government of our republic in promoting socialist economic construction is to make the national economy Juche (ruling ideology of self-reliance)-oriented, modern, IT-based and scientific.”
This policy is purportedly being implemented by local governments.
“The provincial, municipal and county people’s committee directors meeting held in Pyongyang in mid-May discussed the need for each local committee to deal with the lack of electricity and food shortages by themselves,” a South Pyongan Province-based source told Daily NK.
“In short, emphasis was again placed on self-sufficiency.”
The directors also handed down an order to local committees to take whatever actions necessary to ensure families do not starve, and even to provide them with rice from the state if necessary. ......