North Korea Preaches Self-Reliance To Struggling Citizens

North Korea Preaches Self-Reliance To Struggling Citizens

Angry residents say self-reliance is ‘fiction’ and not a real solution to economic problems.

Andrew H. Sweet
Andrew H. Sweet
  • North Korea is forcing citizens to attend ideological education sessions promoting self-reliance as the solution to their economic woes, but the people say the sessions are an unhelpful waste of time, sources in the country told RFA.
  • Instead of finding ways to support the vulnerable populace with food or income subsidies, sources said the government is requiring that the people attend one more ideological learning session per week to emphasize self-reliance.
  • According to the source, the study guide used in the educational sessions emphasizes the completion of self-reliant structure of the national economy, reduction of the dependence on imports, and stabilization of people’s livelihoods through realistic possibilities.
  • Because of the increase from two to three educational sessions per week, the residents are complaining even during the learning sessions.
  • Some of the residents are even taking the bold step of using the sessions to refute each of the party’s policies on self-reliance.

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