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Kim calls for ‘radical’ economic shift

SHIFT:Although the nation would turn its efforts toward building the economy, Kim made it clear it would not completely shift away from his father’s ‘military first policy


However, Kim Jong-un made no mention of the North’s nuclear weapons program, despite growing speculation that Pyongyang is preparing to conduct a nuclear test following the rocket success.

Yang Moo-jin, a professor at Seoul’s University of North Korean Studies, said the general tone of the speech was positive.

“It might signal limited economic reforms this year and also sends a message to South Korea’s incoming president about a desire for improved cross-border relations,” Yang said.

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