February 25, 2024

Policy bombshells and NYE concert: What to expect as North Korea wraps up 2021

Kim Jong Un may make New Year’s speech at party plenum this week to announce major policy decisions

North Korea is set to end 2021 with a bang, as the country prepares to host a party plenum in the coming days that could produce major foreign policy announcements and mark a key anniversary for Kim Jong Un’s first decade in power.

Kim has used speeches around the new year holiday in the past to make friendly overtures to the U.S. and South Korea, but also to reveal nuclear weapon developments and other military plans.