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North Korea’s Ruling Party Holds First Congress in Five Years

By Kyodo News 6 January 2021

North Korea’s ruling party convened its first congress in five years on Tuesday, state-run media said. The gathering follows leader Kim Jong Un’s recent acknowledgement that he had failed to create economic growth for the country.

At the opening of the key meeting of the Workers’ Party, Kim in a speech reviewed the successes and mistakes of the nation’s five-year national economic development strategy through 2020, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Wednesday.

Before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20, North Korea, during the period of the congress, may urge the US to shift its “hostile” stance toward Pyongyang as a condition for resuming denuclearization talks, foreign affairs experts said.

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