Updated Dec. 5, 2023 7:17 am ET

SEOUL—Kim Jong Un has a new mission for North Korean women: Have more babies.

Kim acknowledged the impoverished nation’s plunging birthrate for the first time publicly at a rare National Conference of Mothers. Wiping away tears, the 39-year-old dictator, who is a father of three, described mothers as revolutionaries who were on the front lines of rooting out antisocialist behavior and helping the nation prosper.

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