Recap: Top moments at North Korea’s Eighth Party Congress
The eight-day-long event went over failures of the last five years and clarified social, economic and military plans
Last week, crowds of uniformly-dressed North Korean delegates gathered in the crimson halls of Pyongyang’s April 25 House of Culture to kick off the Eighth Party Congress on Jan. 5.
On opening day, roughly 7,000 attendees reportedly gathered for the event, where North Korean officials touched on the country’s “underachieved” economic goals, its nuclear program and the state of its relationship with Seoul and Washington.
Here’s a bullet-pointed timeline that summarizes the most important moments from the rare event, as reported in state media:
DAY ONE: Jan. 5, 2021Kim Jong Un kicked off
- 01North Korea’s economy is in a state of catastrophe, but the issue is decades-old
- 02Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man may be leading a new North Korean security council
- 03Japan’s back in the North Korea game, but it faces nearly impossible challenges
- 04Open for business? North Korea can learn a lot from Cuba’s economic reforms
- 05North Korea is fighting to take back control of its economy from the markets
- 06Kim Yo Jong found her own voice, but she’s far from taking North Korea’s throne
- 07North Korea’s tumbling economy hasn’t stopped Kim Jong Un from making more nukes
- 08Kim takes back control of body overseeing party leadership