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(2nd LD) N.K. leader presides over politburo meeting in first public appearance in a month

North Korea 10:09 June 05, 2021

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SEOUL, June 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over a politburo session of the Workers' Party in his first public appearance in a month and discussed convening a key party meeting, as well as, organizational matters, state media said Saturday.

During the session, the North decided to hold a plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Party in early June to take "additional state measures for solving pending problems urgent for the economic work and people's living," the official Korean Central News Agency said.

This photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on June 5, 2021, shows leader Kim Jong-un (C) presiding over a politburo session of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang the previous day, in his first public appearance in a month. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

"Positively appreciating that a lot of planned works are being sped up on a long-term basis ... the respected General Secretary briefed and analyzed the execution of major policy tasks in different fields for the first half of the year," the KCNA said.

Kim said that the plenary meeting will be held to review overall state affairs for the first half of the year in order to implement new measures to correct mistakes and "deflective matters."

The meeting also discussed the structural reorganization of departments of the Central Committee of the Party and other agenda items for the upcoming plenary meeting.

Kim was previously last seen in public on May 6 when he held a photo session with families of the North's army after watching their performance the previous day.

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