‘I am really sorry’: Kim Jong un weeps and issues an apology. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un issued an apology for his failure to guide his country properly amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking at the military parade organised to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party, Kim Jong un weeps and was seen shedding tears as he said “Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, in me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily. I am really sorry for that.”
“Although I am entrusted with the important responsibility to lead this country upholding the cause of the great comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their lives,” Kim added while citing his father and grandfather.
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‘I am really sorry’: Kim Jong un weeps and issues an apology
“I solemnly swear once again in this place that I will live up to the people’s trust without fail even if my body is torn and crushed to pieces on the way of defending their great trust and that I will remain faithful to that trust,” Kim vowed.
“At last on this glorious night we are greeting the Party’s founding anniversary of this year, which was beset with unprecedented difficulties; I don’t know why, but this fact alone moves me too much. … [A]t the beginning of this year, I had big worries and fear owing to the onset of the world health crisis and unfavorable situations around us,” Kim reportedly said.
“I thought over what I would say first at this moment, when we will be looking back upon every page of our Party’s 75-year history filled with glory, but my heartfelt, sincere word for our people is only one, thanks. First of all, I thank them for being healthy free from disease,” Kim said. “I thank them for their good health without any one of them having fallen victim to the malignant virus.”
“They would say that defending their country, people and revolution is a task inherent to the People’s Army, but the pains they have taken are too great,” Kim said. “This is why I feel deep regret for them, and I feel pain in my heart as they are not all here at this glorious night with us.”
During the speech, he also expressed his desire to mend the ties with South Korea. This comes at a time Seoul has expressed concerns over North Korea showcasing its latest missile.