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 hints beach resort twice as long as Waikiki may finally open soon
- 02State media review: North Korea slams US ‘air pirates’ for raising risk of war
- 03What North Korea’s official budget reveals about its spending priorities in 2024
- 04How North Korean aggression and the Taiwan election complicate China-DPRK ties
- 05Satellite imagery shows Kim Jong Un’s east coast yacht, missile test activities
- 06State media review: North Korean festivals build up to former leader’s birthday
- 07Survey shows markets reign supreme in the daily lives of North Koreans
- 08What to make of North Korea’s apparent interest in naval nuclear propulsion