September 26, 2023

North Korea vows military buildup due to ‘destabilizing’ situation on peninsula

Final report on party plenum delivers no message to US, focuses on rural development and economic issues

North Korea will continue building up its military in response to the “destabilizing” situation on the Korean Peninsula, while focusing on agricultural problems and the population’s ideological purity in the new year, according to state media Saturday.

In a report on the conclusion of a five-day party plenum led by Kim Jong Un, the Rodong Sinmun did not include messages for the U.S. or South Korea like those that Kim has delivered in previous New Year’s policy speeches, instead focusing mostly on the country’s own political and economic policies.