December 28, 2022 13:03
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un chaired a year-end plenary session of the Workers Party on Monday as the regime sent five drones across the border into South Korea.
Kim "stressed the need to lay out more exciting and confident struggle policies based on valuable facts that achieved practical advance while persevering all difficulties," the official [North] Korean Central News Agency said.
Major policies for next year are expected to be announced at the end of the meeting, replacing Kim's traditional New Year's address.
The North is also about to build an underground missile launch site for the large Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile. The official Rodong Sinmun newspaper said Kim gave officials "detailed instructions" about how to build the site and how to camouflage it.
The missile is too big and unwieldy for a mobile launcher, so an underground site is the North's best bet to conceal launch preparations from prying eyes.
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