North Korea updates single party rules, establishes five-year congress

Seoul, Jan 10 (efe-epa).- North Korea reviewed the regulations and structure of its single party, highlighting the importance of “powerful defense capabilities” and hosting a congress meeting every five years, state media reported Sunday.

North Korean state news agency KCNA said the revision was adopted on the fifth day of the eighth congress of the Workers’ Party held Saturday in Pyongyang, a day after the regime called the United States its “greatest enemy” and promised to reinforce its nuclear arsenal.

“The powerful defense capabilities would contain military threats and safeguard the stability and peaceful environment on the Korean peninsula,” the briefing read.

The North Korean single party also decided to authorize that its military commission be convened with the only assistance “of the necessary members, without taking into account the rate of attendance.” It said this would guarantee “the speed in the discussion of urgent military matters,” according to KCNA.

North Korea also decided to re-establish a secretariat system in the Executive Policy Council, which it eliminated in the previous congress.

The single party also decided its congressional sessions would be held every five years, and announced months in advance.

Until now, the Korean Workers’ Party congress had been held at random intervals, but the country’s current strongman, Kim Jong-un, had recently expressed his willingness to convene them on a regular basis.

The eighth congress began Tuesday, almost five years after the seventh session was held in May 2016. The session at the time was the first to be held in 36 years.

Analysts and experts are waiting on the North Korean congress for clues about the direction of its policies.

Kim has been belligerent with the United States, and asked it to cease hostility toward Pyongyang, promising harsh responses and further weapons development.

The North Korean dictator’s comments came just days before Joe Biden is due to take office on Jan. 20 as US president, in what some experts see as an attempt to pressure the incoming US administration. EFE-EPA


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