“Mistakes were made.”
That’s according to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who in an address to a ruling party meeting made a frank admission — that the country’s policies in the past five years had ended in abject failure.
“Almost all sectors fell a long way short of the set objectives,” Kim told thousands of delegates to the Workers’ Party’s 8th Congress who were seated in a huge auditorium in Pyongyang.
The country should digest the “bitter lessons” of failure, Kim added, and “be bold enough to recognize the mistakes, which, if left unaddressed, will grow into bigger obstacles.”
Kim Jong Un may have left the capital of Pyongyang and could be sheltering in an undisclosed location on North Korea’s eastern coast, according to multiple reports, UPI reported Friday.
The dictator’s absence triggered speculation about his health this week, following reports he was in critical condition after heart surgery.
Kim may have been evacuated to the coastal city of Wonsan, Kangwon Province, where he may have been overseeing construction of a major resort, the South Korean news service Newsis reported Friday.
Newsis said movement by Kim’s “dedicated vehicles” suggested he may have been evacuated from Pyongyang.
A special train for Kim’s use was stationed in Wonsan, but Kim’s private plane remained in Pyongyang, the report says.