Kim Jong Un apparently has a soft side.
The North Korean leader struck a rare note of empathy Wednesday when he cited the rogue regime’s failings during a visit to a typhoon-ravaged mining district, according to Nikkei Asia.
“We ought to feel deeply responsible for not knowing that people were suffering in such an unfit environment,” Kim said in South Hamgyong.
He lamented that homes dotting the mountainside “are the same as they were half a century ago,” according to the Korean Central News Agency.
Saying his “conscience wouldn’t allow it” if only the damaged homes would be rebuilt, the despot declared that an entire model city would be erected in their place.
Kim also displayed his emotions during Saturday’s military parade in Pyongyang to mark the 75th anniversary of the Hermit Kingdom’s founding as he thanked the masses for “zero” cases of the coronavirus.
He appeared to shed a tear or two as he thanked the people and said he felt “ashamed” that their sacrifice had not been rewarded, according to Nikkei Asia.
In August, he replaced the country’s premier, who is responsible for managing the economy.
The Workers’ Party acknowledged during a plenary meeting that the economy had fallen “woefully short” of growth targets and people’s livelihoods were not getting better.
Kim’s visit Wednesday was the latest in his tour of areas hard hit by the typhoon after he announced a “grandiose plan” to rebuild at least 25,000 homes in the next five years as people begin an an80-day campaign to achieve economic goals, Reuters reported.
On Thursday, state newspaper Rodong Sinmun featured him smiling in front of lines of newly built homes in the eastern areas of Sinpho City and Hongwon County.
The dwellings were built by members of the military and the ruling Workers’ Party.
“He said that they built the houses flawlessly as well as professional builders, noting with great satisfaction that those houses are a crystal of the loyalty of Party members,” KCNA reported.
Kim, who has acknowledged that North Korea lacks modern medical facilities, last month said that the overall anti-disaster condition in coastal regions is “poor” and that sea dikes were “not properly built.”
With Post wires
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