in

N.K's largest youth group vows support for state-led fight against anti-socialist practices

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) — North Korea’s largest youth group held a meeting and discussed ways to help the state-led campaign to eradicate anti-socialist practices in their country, state media reported on Thursday.

The Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, governed by the Workers’ Party, held an enlarged meeting on Wednesday via video conference and urged its members to intensify efforts to execute a “stout and vigorous ideological offensive,” according to the Korean Central News Agency.

“The meeting discussed the issue of devotedly implementing the first-year tasks of the five-year plan set forth at the eighth congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the issue of intensifying the struggle against anti- and non-socialist practices throughout society,” KCNA said.

North Korea has recently intensified ideological control over its people.

In December, the North reenacted a law that toughens punishment for possession of videos made in South Korea as part of efforts to prevent inflow of outside culture that could influence of its people’s ideology.

The youth league was created by the country’s late founder Kim Il-sung in 1946, with its current membership presumed to be around 5 million.

The organization earlier said that it will hold the first congress of the country’s largest youth association in four years in early April in an apparent move to enlist support for new policies and decisions adopted at January’s party congress.

This photo captured from North Korea's state TV on March 4, 2021, shows Pak Chol-min, chairman of the Central Committee of the Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League speak during a meeting of the organization a day earlier. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

Reference