May 18, 2022

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Kim Jong Un sits out party meetings as state media marks 10 years of his rule

Day three of party plenum focused on budget discussions and studying Kim's speeches

North Korean ruling party officials held departmental study sessions on the third day of an ongoing party plenum on Wednesday, according to state media, without leader Kim Jong Un in attendance.

Top Politburo officials led at least 11 smaller meetings to "study and discuss" this and next year's state budgets, as well as two speeches Kim delivered in earlier plenum sessions this week on the party's overall plans for 2022 and rural development policies, the party-run Rodong Sinmun said in a brief front-page report on Thursday.