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N. Korea's ruling party holds bigger, longer 3-day meeting Updated: 2019-12-31 07:08:36 KST

North Korea's ruling party gathering is into its third day under Kim Jong-un's lead, while the year-end deadline it unilaterally imposed on the nuclear talks is nearing fast.
On Monday, Pyeongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the plenary session of the ruling Workers' Party central committee was held for a second day on Sunday and will continue.
While the North says the meeting is to find ways to raise the regime's strategic status, Sunday's session seems to have dealt mostly with economic development.
The report first mentioned that Kim Jong-un spoke on how to develop the economy and raise people's living standards.
But Kim also highlighted the need to take "offensive measures" to ensure the regime's security and called for roles to be played by foreign affairs and military officials as well as the arms industry.

Plenary sessions of the North's ruling party central committee are deemed important because they decide the regime's future policy directions.
This is where Kim Jong-un, in April 2018, proclaimed a policy shift from developing nuclear weapons to developing the economy.
And in April this year, Kim announced that the North will walk a 'new path' if the U.S. fails to come up with a more flexible approach to denuclearization by the year's end.
But the meeting currently underway is drawing even more attention because it's the first time under Kim Jong-un that it's continued over multiple days.
And it's bigger than previous ones, too.

"The current plenary session is larger in scale than those held in April this year and last year. We believe it's as big as the one held in 2013."

The results of this plenary session are expected to be unveiled on Tuesday and further specifics will be delivered directly by Kim Jong-un through his New Year's Address on January 1st.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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