North Korea begins key party meeting to discuss defense strategy

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea has convened a key party meeting to decide on its diplomatic and defense strategy “to deal with the changing international situation”, in the presence of leader Kim Jong Un, it said on Saturday. the official KCNA media.

The expanded plenary meeting of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee opened on Friday and also plans to discuss the country’s economic plans in the first half of this year, KCNA said without further details. .

The meeting will probably be held for several days.

North Korea fired two short-range missiles off its east coast on Thursday, less than an hour after Pyongyang warned of an “inevitable” response to military drills held earlier in the day by South Korean troops. Korean and American. North Korea said the exercises heightened military tensions.

Last month, Pyongyang unsuccessfully attempted to launch a spy satellite, in its first satellite launch since 2016.

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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