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N.K.'s largest youth group calls for eradication of anti-socialist practices

All News 09:35 April 29, 2021

SEOUL, April 29 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's largest youth organization called on its members to help root out anti-socialist practices as it held the first congress in five years, state media reported Thursday.

The Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League, governed by the ruling Workers' Party, held its 10th congress in Pyongyang on Tuesday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

At the meeting, Pak Chol-min, chairman of the league's central committee, told the youth league organizations to "wage a revolutionary ideological offensive, offensive defense and intensive struggle" to root out anti-socialist and non-socialist practices and to establish a socialist lifestyle.

Pak also urged the youth to help achieve the five-year economic plan set forth during the ruling party's congress in January, referring to the tasks laid out by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as "immortal guidelines."

The meeting will discuss the renaming of the youth league, according to the KCNA.

This week's meeting comes as the North has called for its people to close ranks and stay "ideologically pure."

In December, the North reenacted a law that toughens punishment for possession of videos made in South Korea as part of efforts to prevent the inflow of outside culture that could influence 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 latest meeting marks the first of its kind since the last one was held in 2016.

The KCNA said the congress will continue, without specifying when it will end.

The Kimilsungist-Kimjungilist Youth League, governed by the ruling Workers' Party, holds its 10th congress meeting on April 27, 2021, in this photo released on April 29 by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)
Members of the Kimilsungist-Kimjungilist Youth League, governed by the ruling Workers' Party, take notes at its 10th congress meeting on April 27, 2021, in this photo released on April 29 by the North's official Korean Central News Agency. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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