North Korea: Kim Jong-un says economic plan a near-total failure at rare political meeting

North Korea: Kim Jong-un says economic plan a near-total failure at rare political meeting

Ruler begins second Workers’ party congress by admitting strategy fell short in ‘almost all areas’

North Korea’s ruler, Kim Jong-un, has admitted that his economic policies have largely failed, and vowed to avoid a repeat of the “painful lessons” of the past at a rare meeting of the country’s ruling party.

Kim told the congress of the Workers’ party that his five-year economic plan had failed to achieve its goals “in almost all areas to a great extent”, North Korean state media said on Wednesday.

“We should further promote and expand the successes and victories that we’ve achieved through our painstaking efforts but prevent us from having the painful lessons again.”