The North Korean chief additionally thanked the folks for his or her help in a letter shared by state media.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un marked the arrival of 2021 with a handwritten letter to the nation’s residents and a go to the tomb of his father and grandfather, state media reported, however there was no rapid indication he would give a speech as he has achieved in earlier years.

Within the letter, Kim supplied because of the folks for having trusted and supported the ruling Get together even within the “tough” instances, state information company KCNA reported on Friday.

The North Korean chief has beforehand apologised for failing to fulfil guarantees of financial enchancment and for the hardships residents have endured on account of worldwide sanctions and strict measures aimed toward stopping a coronavirus outbreak.

“Within the new 12 months, too, I’ll work arduous to convey earlier the brand new period by which the beliefs and wishes of our folks will come true,” Kim wrote, in line with KCNA.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un proven writing a New Yr’s letter to the folks of North Korea [Korean Central News Agency/via Reuters]
The red-bordered letter from North Korean chief Kim Jong Un to the nation’s folks [Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) via Reuters]

North Korea has mentioned it has no confirmed instances of coronavirus, though officers in South Korea and the US say that’s unlikely.

Its economic system has been strained by self-imposed border lockdowns and different strident measures to forestall an outbreak.

In distinction to many different international locations world wide, big crowds turned out to ring within the new 12 months with a live performance and fireworks present. Most of those that gathered in the principle sq. of the North Korean capital Pyongyang have been carrying face masks.

Because the clock struck midnight, Kim, in addition to different senior leaders visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Solar, the place the our bodies of his father and grandfather – the earlier rulers of North Korea – are preserved underneath glass.

Kim was additionally accompanied by delegates to the Eighth Get together Congress, a uncommon political gathering that is because of be held early this month, KCNA reported.

Fireworks explode over Pyongyang throughout New Yr’s day celebrations [KCNA/via Reuters]

Collectively, the leaders and the delegates “hardened their agency pledge to glorify the eighth Congress of the Get together because the watershed within the improvement of the Get together and the revolution,” KCNA mentioned.

Kim is anticipated to make use of the congress to announce a brand new five-year financial plan, make management modifications and make different political statements