North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has convened the North Korea’s Workers Party for the first time in 36 years. The congress took place in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea on April 25.
The one party congress was held to boast “unprecedented accomplishments” in the nuclear and ballistic weapons field. This past year, North Korea announced its fourth nuclear weapons test back in January.
There is little information on the details of the event since the more than 100 foreign reporters that were invited to the event were not allowed inside the building. During the congress, reporters were taken on a tour of a wire-making factory.
The congress is known to convene during times that are of high importance. The last time the congress was convened was to reveal Kim Il Sung’s successor back in 1980.
Despite Kim Jong Un’s apparent obsession with nuclear weapons, he is making attempts to have a continuous push for both nuclear advancements as well as economic developments. There is the possibility that he will announce a taxation system as well as a more market based economic system throughout North Korea.
Analysts have suspected that since Kim Jong Un has yet to make a profound impact on any of his promises so far, it is likely that Kim convened the party to give an update on the strength of the party.
In order to prepare for the congress, all citizens were required to work from 5:30 A.M until late at night 7 days a week. They were required to do this for 70 days. The people decorated the area with banners that read “Defend the Headquarters of the Korean Revolution at the Cost of our Lives.” Billboards have read “Let us strengthen our party’s might and fighting strength!”
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