Hardliner returns at North Korean plenum, hinting at inter-Korean policy changes
Key leadership event sees relatively few promotions and demotions, despite Kim Yong Chol’s appointment to adviser role
North Korea announced the result of its second party plenum of the year on Monday, notably deriding a “severe defect” in the country’s satellite program that led to its recent launch failure. But despite a delay in kicking off the event, political elites avoided a dramatic reshuffle.
NK Pro analysis shows that there were far fewer demotions and promotions during the latest three-day plenum than at a similar party meeting a year ago this month, a sign of continuity among the DPRK’s political leadership.
But the readmission of two elderly cadres and policy
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