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Analysis and Response to the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the 8th Term of the Central Committee of the WPK

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Author Park, Young-Ja,Kim, Jin-Ha,Jeong, Eun Mee,Choi, Ji Young
Publish Date / Page 2021-06-29 / 15 p.
Series No. CO 21-18(E)
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North Korea recently held the 3rd plenary meeting of the 8th Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (hereafter ‘3rd plenary meeting’) which conducted a mid-year review of North Korea’s state projects implemented so far this year. The six items on the agenda were an evaluation of the accomplishments of the first half and the policy direction for the remaining year, food, prevention against the pandemic, analyzing and responding to trends in international relations, child care policy, and organizational issues. Two aspects particularly stand out when comprehensively assessing the outcomes of the 3rd plenary meeting that have been partially disclosed. On the domestic front, there was the continuation of ‘discipline and rectification policies’ with the intent to urge the achievement of production goals under challenging circumstances both at home and abroad and to maximize mobilization of the labor force. Internationally, the policy of ‘observing the situation while preparing for both possibilities’―continuing to strengthen the military while leaving room for negotiations―was stressed. This will likely be the direction of North Korea’s policies following the 3rd plenary meeting. But different from past such meetings, North Korea has not yet disclosed the major decisions of the 3rd plenary meeting including written-decisions nor has it publicly denounced either the U.S. or South Korea. This reflects the reality in which concerns of the North Korean leadership have intensified. Based on the disclosed outcomes from the 3rd plenary meeting, this study will analyze various issues regarding politics, the economy, society, and foreign affairs, as well as outline South Korea’s response.