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N. Korea to convene conference of party's primary committees this month

North Korea 08:43 February 14, 2022

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea plans to convene a conference of the ruling party's primary committee officials this month to push ahead with decisions made at a major party congress last year, according to Pyongyang's state media Monday.

The 2nd Conference of Secretaries of Primary Committees of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) will be held in Pyongyang "during the last ten days of February," the North's official Korean Central News Agency said.

"The WPK Central Committee decided to convene the conference in order to review the work for implementing the tasks set forth at the 1st Conference of Chairpersons of Primary Party Committees and thoroughly carry out the tasks set forth at the 8th Party Congress," it reported.

In January last year, the North unveiled a new five-year economic development plan at the eighth party congress and revised the party rules to convene the primary committees conference every five years.

During the first such conference held in 2016, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presided over the meeting and criticized "administrative bureaucracy" as the "root cause of influence-peddling, corruption and other misbehaviors" that could undermine the party.

This photo, provided by the Korean Central News Agency, shows a session of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly held in Pyongyang on Feb. 6-7, 2022. The North's leader Kim Jong-un did not attend it. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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