April 20, 2018 10:15
The Central Committee of the North Korean Workers Party meets Friday to "discuss and decide policy issues in line with the demands of the historic era of the developing revolution," state media said Thursday.
The Central Committee organizes and guides all party affairs. It consists of 145 full members, who have the right to speak and vote, and 129 candidate members without a vote.
The parallel development of nuclear weapons and the economy, which has been the ideological backbone of leader Kim jong-un's reign, was adopted by the Central Committee in March 2013.
But lately references to the nuclear program have somewhat faded from the official propaganda as North Korea prepares for summits with South Korea and the U.S.
The meeting comes at short notice and the date was only decided on Wednesday. A defector who used to be a senior official in the North said, "It's highly likely that the decision to convene the plenary session was made hastily to show the U.S. that it is serious."
It follows a threat from U.S. President Donald Trump to walk away if no progress is made. "If we don't think it's going to be successful, we won't have it, we won't have it. If I think that it's a meeting that is not going to be fruitful, we're not going to go," Trump said. "If the meeting when I'm there is not fruitful, I will respectfully leave the meeting."
It is unclear whether the Central Committee meeting is a direct response.
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