North Korea to convene key party meeting to discuss economy, military

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends a political assembly meeting of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, in North Korea, in this photo released on August 14, 2020 by North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. KCNA via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea plans to convene a key meeting of the ruling party on Wednesday and discuss economic and military issues amid international sanctions and recent flood damage, state media said.

The ruling Workers’ Party’s powerful politburo will gather for its sixth plenary meeting to decide on the issues of “crucial significance in developing the Korean revolution and increasing the fighting efficiency of the party,” the official KCNA news agency said on Tuesday.

The meeting comes as the isolated country is struggling to contain the coronavirus and cope with flood damage after weeks of heavy rain that hit the Korean peninsula.

Last year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to make a “frontal breakthrough” in the country’s campaign to build a self reliant economy in the face of tightening sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programmes.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Kim Coghill