The portraits of Kim Il-sung (left) and Kim Jong-il hang inside the convention hall where the party congress was held this month. Photo: AP

North Korea’s ‘rare’ party congress only shows a country at a standstill

Donald Kirk says beyond the spectacle and a vague plan for economic development, the first Workers’ Party congress since 1980 only lays bare, once again, the country’s long-standing problems

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The portraits of Kim Il-sung (left) and Kim Jong-il hang inside the convention hall where the party congress was held this month. Photo: AP
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