Kim Jong-un ripped into his cabinet as the leader finally accepted North Korea is facing its worst ever crisis.
In a rare show of honesty from the tyrant, he admitted failures of leadership that have the made the country's escalating problems worse.
Facing the most challenging time in his nine-year rule, the supreme leader fired senior economic official Kim Tu Il, who he appointed a month ago.
The lack of new ideas and refusal to "innovative viewpoint and clear tactics” lead to action, he said.
During the party congress, North Korea’s dictator described the difficulties as the 'worst ever.'
The coronavirus pandemic, a number of natural disasters last year and persistent US-led sanctions have scuppered plans to get the country back on track.
He stressed the "importance to strengthen legal supervision and control over the establishment and executive process of the national economic plan," the official Korean Central News Agency said.
On-going problems forced him to publicly admit that past economic plans had not worked.
He blamed other officials after border closure caused trade issues with China.
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He later said: “The cabinet failed to play a leading role in mapping out plans of key economic fields and almost mechanically brought together the numbers drafted by the ministries."
He added that law enforcement organisations must do more to ensure the five-year economic plan is correctly carried out and "stage a strong legal struggle for checking all kinds of illegal practices revealed in economic activities".
Jong-un added that "all sectors and units should obey them unconditionally," KCNA said.
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It comes after North Korea has ordered almost two million doses of a coronavirus vaccine, despite the country being officially Covid free.
The hermit state claims it has yet to record a single case of the deadly virus, but according to the COVAX vaccine-sharing programme, it has allocated 1,992,000 doses of the jab for the first half of 2021.
Last year North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un hailed the country's "shining success" in dealing with the pandemic, saying they had "prevented the inroad of the malignant virus and maintained a stable situation".
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