Published : 2013-01-18 19:42
Updated : 2013-01-18 19:42
North Korea said Friday it will hold the first meeting of low-ranking party leaders in more than five years, during which analysts expect the country to highlight its push to build economic might.
“A meeting of secretaries of cells of the Workers’ Party of Korea will be held with splendor in Pyongyang,” the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency said in an English dispatch, without disclosing the date of the meeting.
The meeting, which brings together leaders of the party’s smallest organizations, will be the first to be held by the country since its second session held in October 2007.
The North Korean leader has highlighted the important role of the party cells and their secretaries in strengthening the broader party, according to the report.
After first convening the meeting of party cell leaders in March 1994, the country underlined the importance of their roles in building an economically strong country at the second gathering in 2007.
Analysts in Seoul predicted that the forthcoming meeting will also be focused on emphasizing the country’s push to build economic power and to prop up the livelihoods of ordinary people, tasks underlined in Kim’s New Year’s message read to state-run television and radio stations on Jan. 1.
The meeting seems to be part of the Kim regime’s efforts to solidify its power and rally support for the leader’s policies, analysts said. (Yonhap News)