Why North Korea’s politburo held a secret meeting in recent months
Change in rank of a key department director hints at reasons and timing of first unpublicized gathering since last year
On the surface, last week’s meeting of the politburo of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) apparently took place for the sole purpose of preparing for another meeting of the full Central Committee later in the month.
Yet this confab also produced a bombshell: It was this year’s fifth meeting of the politburo. This means that a fourth meeting was held in secret sometime after the third meeting on Sept. 2.
Before this revelation, state media had not given any hints that the politburo had held a secret meeting, and the reasons why the
- 01The tragedy of the commons: Natural resource dilemmas in North Korea
- 02Timeline: From North Korea’s mammoth ICBM launch to Kim Jong Un’s daughter
- 03State media review: North Korea boasts about close ties between Kim and Xi
- 04Rail trade with North Korea threatened as COVID surges in Chinese border city
- 05Prominent promotions: North Korea’s new generals and ‘hero’ missile transporter
- 06FULL TEXT: North Korea’s death penalty decree for spreading COVID ‘rumors’
- 07North Korean insurance companies increase profits despite pandemic and lockdown
- 08State media review: North Korea rewards greenhouse workers with new homes