|North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also pointed out "shortcomings" in the work of "party cells" during his opening speech at the conference of cell secretaries on Tuesday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).(Photo from The Wall Street Journal)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] The state media reported on Wednesday that North Korea urged secretaries of "party cells," the grassroots units of the ruling Workers' Party, to help root out anti-socialist and non-socialist practices.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also pointed out "shortcomings" in the work of "party cells" during his opening speech at the conference of cell secretaries on Tuesday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. Party cells refer to the party's most elementary units consisting of five to 30 members. The party cell conference marks the third of its kind since the leader took office after his father Kim Jong-il's death in late 2011. It was last held in December 2017.
Jo Yong-won, an official widely believed to be a top aide to Kim, who is presumed to have jumped to the No. 3 position in January's party congress, pointed out the mistakes of the secretaries who "stopped short of intensively struggling" against anti-socialist and non-socialist practices. "He continued that the Party cells should be the first movers in actively sweeping away anti- and non-socialist practices and launch an intensive drive for establishing moral discipline," Jo said. Leader Kim also emphasized that the success in implementing the decisions made at the party congress in January depends on the role of the cells and the secretaries.