What to make of North Korea’s upbeat plenum on its big plans for 2024
Pyongyang ditched goal of unification and braced for conflict, while celebrating progress in military and economy
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speeches were a key source for insights into policy direction until Jan. 2020, and since then, this tradition has been replaced by multi-day party plenary meetings (Dec 2021, Dec 2022) and the Eighth Party Congress in Jan 2021.
2023 again ended with a multi-day plenum, with the Rodong Sinmun publishing a more than 10,000-word summary of the result a day earlier than expected on New Year’s Eve.
The plenum assessed progress toward realizing the five-year plan outlined at the Eighth Party Congress, and overall it suggests that North Korea
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