DPRK's ruling party set for meeting on key policy decisions

Thursday, 2018-04-19 07:04:28
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A view in front of Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang, DPRK. (Illustrative Image/Photo:Sewanee)
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The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) will hold a plenary session of its ruling communist party this week to make key policy decisions, local media said on April 19, as it's preparing for summit talks with the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the United States.

The central committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) will convene the meeting on April 20, according to the DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency.

It's meant to "discuss and decide the policy issues of a new stage in line with the demand of the important historic period of the developing Korean revolution," it said.

The report did not specify policy issues to be discussed, but the timing of the session draws keen attention. Also on focus is whether the DPRK will unveil a potential shift in its stance toward its nuclear program.

The DPRK's leader Kim Jong-un is scheduled to sit down with the RoK President Moon Jae-in on April 27, followed by a summit with US President Donald Trump probably in May or early June.

Trump said discussions are under way to set the date and venue.

DPRK's denuclearization will top the agenda for the series of summits.

In the WPK's plenary meeting, the central committee's members and alternate members discuss and approve key party policy lines and personnel reshuffles.

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