North Korean leader Kim Jong-un broke into tears and asked for an apology for the failure to lead his country properly amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kim Jong-un spoke at the military parade organized to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the foundation of the ruling Workers’ Party. He shed tears while delivering his speech.
He said, “Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, in me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily. I am really sorry for that.”
On the other hand, Kim also thanked thousands of forces for responding to recent damaging storms, and for supporting to prevent coronavirus outbreak in North Korea.
“Although I am entrusted with the important responsibility to lead this country upholding the cause of the great comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their lives,” Kim added while citing his father and grandfather.
Furthermore, he also said that he was grateful that the country had not reported a single case of Covid-19.
“The impact of anti-coronavirus measures, international sanctions, and several typhoons combined to prevent the government from following through on promises to improve citizens’ lives,”
“My efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their life,” he said. “Our people, however, have always believed and absolutely trusted me, and supported my choice and determination, whatever it is.”
Shin Beom-Chul, a senior fellow at the Korea Research Institute for National Strategy in Seoul, said that Kim’s main message aimed at the United States, “By showing a new ICBM, the North suggested they can test it any time if things don’t go well after the election. Inter-Korean ties don’t count to them.”