Kim Jong-il Determined to Feed His People
"I am resolute in my determination to enhance people's living standards in the shortest possible time so that they don't have to envy the life of people in other countries," he said, according to a North Korea's official Web site, Uriminjokkiri.
Kim's father, Kim Il-sung, was a famous guerilla fighter against the Japanese colonial occupiers and founded the nation.
Kim Il-sung left a will that called for building a nation in which people could "eat rice and meat soup, wear clothes made of silk and live in a shingle-roofed house," an expression that symbolizes a well-off living state.
"Even though our nation has become a powerful state in terms of political ideology and the military, but it is much lacking in terms of people's living standards," Yonhap cited the web site, saying Kim's remark had originally appeared on the state-run Rodong Sinmun.
"We have yet to realize the will of the late supreme leader," Kim said, mentioning the common title of his late father.
"Currently, the (Worker's) party is unfolding a great scheme and operations to bring about the critical turning point for improving people's livelihood," Kim said, in the report.