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N. Korea's ruling party gathering held at large-scale, underway for 3 days Updated: 2019-12-30 22:36:51 KST

The central committee of North Korea's ruling party is holding a plenary session this week.
For the first time since Kim Jong-un rose to power in 2012, the session is lasting for multiple days, an indication that the regime has lots to discuss amid the stalemate in nuclear talks with the U.S.
Today we go in-depth on the implications of the key political gathering and the prospects of North Korea-U.S. talks in 2020 but first, let's turn to our oh-Jung-hee for the latest details of the meeting.
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 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 the scale of it is larger than the previous ones, too.
"The current plenary session is larger in scale than those held in April this year and last year. We believe that 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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