North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will chair a five-year gathering of senior officials early in the new year, state media said, which is expected to include the unveiling of a new medium-term development plan.
But analysts say Mr Kim has few viable options as North Korea faces its worst economic crisis since the young dictator took power in 2011. Mr. Kim has publicly pursued a dual objective of developing economic and nuclear weapons since taking control of the pariah state upon the death of his father, Kim Jong Il.
The Workers’ Party Congress will be closely watched for signs of how the regime plans to survive a triple blow of crippling sanctions, border closures caused by coronaviruses and extreme flooding and damage from typhoons this year.
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