Kim Jong-un started 2021 with a visit to his predecessors. On January 1, at 0 o’clock, Kim Jong-un visited the Geumsusan Solar Palace with representatives of the 8th Party Congress. In front of the Kim Il-sung-Kim Jong-il awards, Kim Jong-un made a determination to make the 8th Party Congress a’a major watershed for the development of the party and revolution,’ the labor newspaper said. ‘Bunsuyeong’ is a Chinese word. The dictionary meaning of this word is a metaphor for a turning point in which a fact or situation develops, or a turning point in which something goes from one stage to another. In other words, it has opposite meanings. Which is the’Bunsu Ryeong’ mentioned by Kim Jong-un?
After visiting the Geumsu Mountain Sun Palace, Kim Jong-un wrote a handwritten letter in the form of a New Year’s card instead of a New Year’s address in 2021. The contents were just about greeting the North Koreans for the New Year. In his letter, Kim Jong-un showed the determination that he will fight vigorously to advance the new era. What does the’new age’ he pointed out really mean?
We can get the answers to these two questions from the 8th party conference held from the 5th of this month, Kim Jong-un’s opening remarks and business summary report. Through Kim Jong-un’s remarks at the party conference, let’s look at the policy toward South Korea, which is the interest of the U.S., and understand its intentions.
Opening Remarks, Foreign policy uncertain
Kim Jong-un declared the opening, solemnly declaring that he would be thoroughly faithful to the revolutionary thoughts and feat of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. He said at the outset of his opening remarks that the 8th Congress was convened at a time very important and responsible for the development of the revolution. Subsequently, he praised and respected the leading leaders of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.
This attitude is quite different from last year’s 75th anniversary party’s founding ceremony. At that time, there was no mention of any praise to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. In the first line of the party agreement, “The Korean Workers’ Party of Korea is the party of the great Comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il” and in the middle part, “The Korean Workers’ Party of Korea is a Kim Il-sung-Kim Jong-ilist party with the great Kim Il-sung-Kim Jong-ilism as the only guiding ideology.” I don’t know, but in this opening remark, I mentioned Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il several times. For reference, the preface to the Party Code can be seen as a concrete explanation of the ten principles of the unique ideology. In addition, the Party Code clearly presents the legitimacy of the Kim Jong-un regime, his leadership authority, and political position.
In his opening remarks, Kim Jong-un called the party conference’a special political affair that greatly influences the change and development of internal and external situations’. First of all, looking at the external situation alone, this is a remark that suggests that the party can bring about changes in external relations. On the other hand, as the convocation of the party conference itself was said to be an expression of the party’s sure confidence to lead the revolution to the next stage of victory, it is also viewed as a position to continue on the same diplomatic line. As such, it is difficult to gauge the diplomatic direction of North Korea in the future by looking at the opening remarks alone. It seemed to be a technique to draw attention from the international community.
At the opening remarks, Kim Jong-un declared the 8th Party Congress as’working competition’,’fighting competition’, and’advancing competition’. Second, the’contest in struggle’ is the will to clearly establish the direction of the struggle. The’Advancing Competition’ was my step by pointing out that the five-year economic development plan established at the 7th Party Congress in 2016 was not properly implemented and was quite short.
Kim Jong-un turned to the inside as well as outside the reason for the shortage of the goal. As he said in his opening remarks, North Korea seems to have entered the battle on the 80th from four months before the party convention and at the same time conducted all-round censorship. Among the opening remarks, it is said that the
The case of this censorship was the sexual abuse case of Pyongyang Medical University that was caught in early October last year. A victim female college student committed suicide and his mother filed a complaint with the JoongAng Party. In the condoned incident, the male students who were the perpetrators were publicly executed, and the head of the complaint handling department, the responsible workers (workers) and dozens of their families were purged. As non-socialist actors, they were criticized as’a terrible ideological toxin that destroys the party’s unique ideological system and eats a bit of the unique leadership system’ and became the targets of extermination as anti-party molecules. Eventually, they became the main culprit behind North Korea’s achievement of its national goals, and became obstacles and impurities that hindered national development.
In the opening remarks, some experts have accepted that Kim Jong-un had a sense of responsibility for Kim Jong-un’s self-confidence that the economic development plan had failed, but Kim Jong-un had been searching for a target to pass the responsibility for the failure four months before the party conference. In addition, it thoroughly investigated the party’s financial projects for the past five years prior to the party convention. Someone else would have fallen victim to this censorship and investigation. It seems that there are quite a few people who have been censored as they have thoroughly investigated not only the party’s finances, but also the projects of the members of the party’s leadership agencies.
With the decision of this conference, the inspection committee belonging to the party central committee and the inspection committee, which was a separate organization from the party central committee, are integrated into the inspection committee, so it is expected that more thorough monitoring and control of the party leadership will proceed. Kim Jong-un described it as a’new discipline and supervision system’. In the conclusion of Kim Jong-un’s party conference published in the Labor newspaper on the 13th, “The biases and deficiencies inherent in all areas of social life from the party, the state, and the military project have been specifically criticized. Will be
Business summary report, South Korea lukewarm–A hardline message to the US
On the first day, in the project report, Kim Jong-un outlined the project structure of the Party Central Committee, and strictly summarized the two aspects of performance and defects. In the meantime, the core struggle routes and strategic and tactical policies were raised. Next, we ordered the overall economic sector to be upgraded by analyzing the deficiencies in the implementation of the five-year strategy for national economic development.
On the second day, in the second report, the actual conditions of transportation, construction, and foreign economy were analyzed and the goals and action plans for the new five-year planning period were proposed. On this day, the national defense capability was also dealt with, and the objectives were raised, proclaiming that it would strengthen it to a higher level. On the third day, the 3rd report addressed all fields of socialist culture and raised directions for opening a new period of enlightenment. In particular, the youth alliance and working groups outside the party were criticized. This is a move to further strengthen the ideological and armed struggle.
Kim Jong-un opened the door in the third report for the independent reunification of the motherland and the development of foreign relations. Kim Jong-un lucked out that he was at a critical crossroads of whether he would overcome a serious stalemate in inter-Korean relations and go on the path of peace and reunification, a vicious circle of confrontation and danger of war. The current situation in inter-Korean relations was diagnosed as’before the Panmunjom Declaration was announced’. The South Koreans said they were engaged in military hostilities (ROK-US military training, nuclear strategic assets), and left the responsibility for the crunch in inter-Korean relations to the south. Leaving behind that inter-Korean relations will change depending on how the South Korean authorities respond. This is a spell not to be friendly.
It becomes even more evident from mentioning the immediate policy toward the United States. Kim Jong-un declared that the United States would be “unlawful hostile forces” and “the greatest enemy”, and declared that he would subdue the United States with a powerful strategy. In addition, he affirmed that the policy toward North Korea will not change even when the new administration administration of Biden enters, and he pretended that it would use an anti-US strategy. Unlike the message to South Korea that left behind, the message to the United States was very strong.
On the fifth day, they discussed the revision of the Party Code. It was possible to infer that the name of Kim Jong-un would be changed from Chairman of the Party to Party General Secretary through the revision of the Party Rules. Sufficient hints were given in changing the party chairperson at each level to the responsible secretary and secretary, and the political affairs bureau into secretary. As expected, on the last day of the party, Kim Jong-un was elected as party general secretary. The meaning that Kim Jong-un became the party’s general secretary proved that he reached the authority of his father, Kim Jong-il (eternal general secretary). It is worth paying attention to the’strengthening of the party’s leadership power’ for the purpose of revising the party rules. In addition, the phrase’accurately reflecting the demands of the development of reality’ appears, which is linked to’a breakthrough advance in socialist construction’ throughout Kim Jong-un’s party conference.
Here, the most notable thing I have noticed is the description of Kim Jong-un as having’the status of leader’ in the history of the chief secretary. This is because North Korea has never officially linked Kim Jong-un directly to the leader. This is the biggest step to know Kim Jong-un’s rapid rise in leadership. In the future, I wonder if there will be a day when I will be called as the leader beyond the general secretary.
It has already been analyzed that in the August 2019 revised Constitution, Kim Jong-un’s position and authority surpassed Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. To briefly describe Kim Yeo-jung, even though he was omitted from the Party Political Bureau candidate, the power seems to be still strong when he sees that he will sit in the chairmanship as a member of the executive department on the first day of the party convention, and is named the 20th member of the Party Central Committee. We carefully predict whether we will lead the newly organized Party Prosecutors’ Committee. What Kim Jong-un devoted the most attention to the organization of the Party Prosecutor’s Committee at the 8th Plenary Meeting of the Party Central Committee immediately following the Party Congress.
Kim Jong-un’s strong message to the United States, Replying to Xi Jinping
On the last day, at the closing company, Kim Jong-un declared 2021 as the’year of frontal breakthrough’ as in 2020, and strongly promoted’self-rehabilitation’. He is in a position to maintain the status quo in diplomatic relations. Above all, he ordered that the nuclear war deterrent should be strengthened as the strongest military power while strengthening its nuclear war deterrence, and he said that he will not yield to any form of threats and injustices. I did it. It was even predicting that the international community would block their path even more like crazy.
To the author, Kim Jong-un’s message to South Korea and the United States at the party conference is seen as a visit to the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party that sent congratulatory remarks on the first day of the party conference. The final contents of the congratulatory address sent by the CCP are as follows. “Under the new situation, the Chinese side, along with the Joseon side, used the important common recognition of the two parties and the top leaders of the two countries as a guide… We are willing to make a new and active contribution to realizing peace and stability, development and prosperity in the region.” This was China’s position, which had already been revealed several times before that time, and China also conveyed this position to the Moon Jae-in administration.
In the wake of North Korea’s 8th Party Congress, China once again expressed its willingness to make an “active contribution” to stability in the region, and Kim Jong-un responded to China through the Party Congress. As Kim Jong-un strongly appealed to the hostile policy against the United States, the new administration of Biden would be very troublesome. There is a high likelihood that China will take the initiative in Northeast Asia’s political terrain. There is a crisis in which the inter-Korean security cooperation system will operate.
Through this party conference, Kim Jong-un secured the hand of Xi Jinping. At the same time, he threw a bait toward the Moon Jae-in administration to make a good choice. Seeing Kim Jong-un’s return and talks about the inter-Korean summit, it seems that the government took the bait. The fate of Korea will depend on how the United States emerges. I have a feeling that the year 2021 will be louder than last year. Before Germany became unified, it should be taken as a lesson that the West German government went pro-U.S. monopolies regardless of conservative or progressive. To reach the unification we want.
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