‘I am sorry’: Tearful Kim Jong Un offers apology to North Koreans
Published: 01:27 PM, 13 October 2020
Tearful Kim Jong Un offers apology to North Koreans
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un appeared to shed tears at the weekend as he thanked citizens for their sacrifices and apologized for his failure to stand by his people during the pandemic.
Speaking at the 75th birth anniversary of his ruling party, a visibly emotional Kim acknowledged that he did not live up to the trust that North Koreans placed in him, and for that, he was “really sorry.” Kim removed his glasses and wiped away tears during the speech, according to the report by The Guardian.
Referring to ancestry and tradition, Kim Jong Un said, "The people of the country have entrusted me with this responsibility to fulfill the purpose of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. However, despite my best efforts, I could not reduce all the difficulties in the lives of the citizens. I am sorry for that.”
In his emotional speech, Kim mentioned the challenging times around the world due to coronavirus. At the same time, he expressed his desire to develop relations with South Korea. Although he did not say much about the United States.
Critics say coronaviruses and the ban on nuclear weapons is one of the reasons behind Kim Jong Un’s sudden change. Many feel that there is a lot of pressure on his leadership because of the sanctions nuclear weapons and the virus.