August 11, 2022

Economic focus for Congress, but more provocations coming: Cha

N.Korea will boast about nuclear ability for regime legitimation, state recognition

North Korea is likely to prioritize the economy for its upcoming Party Congress on May 6 but this doesn't signal a diplomatic breakthrough, an academic and former U.S. presidential advisor on North Korea said Wednesday.

Victor Cha, Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), speaking at the press conference at the Asan Institute’s 2016 plenum, said Pyongyang’s fifth nuclear test is possible before the Party Congress to establish the regime’s legitimacy and boast of its complete nuclear capacity.