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N. Korea holds politburo session on agriculture without leader Kim's attendance

North Korea 07:24 September 26, 2022

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korea held a ruling Workers' Party politburo meeting to discuss the issue of improving the country's agricultural situation, its state media said Monday.

Jo Yong-won, secretary for organizational affairs of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee, presided over the politburo meeting the previous day, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not attend the meeting.

Officials at the meeting adopted an important resolution after discussing the issue of thoroughly implementing the North's agriculture policies and examining this year's farming, according to the KCNA.

The meeting also "stressed the need to mobilize all forces and means to the immediate harvesting and threshing, improve cereal procurement and supply and wage intensive struggle against all acts hindering the execution of the cereal policy of the Party and the state," it added.

North Korea is known for chronic food shortages that have been apparently aggravated in recent years due to typhoons, flooding and the coronavirus pandemic.

The political bureau of the central committee of North Korea's Workers' Party holds a meeting in Pyongyang on Sept 25, 2022, to review the country's agricultural output for this year, in this photo released by the North's Korean Central News Agency the following day. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un did not attend it. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

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