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North Korea’s Kim admits mistakes

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addressing the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea which is the first of its kind in five years, and only the eighth in the nuclear-armed country's history.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addressing the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea which is the first of its kind in five years, and only the eighth in the nuclear-armed country's history.

SOUTH KOREA: North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un admitted the country's economic development plan had fallen short in "almost all areas" as he opened a rare congress of the ruling Workers' Party, state media reported Wednesday.

The gathering is the first of its kind in five years, only the eighth in the nuclear-armed country's history, and comes weeks before US President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

The congress opened on Tuesday in the capital, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

Pictures in the Rodong Sinmum ruling party newspaper showed 7,000 delegates and attendees packed into the cavernous hall, none of them wearing masks. The last Congress in 2016 -- the first in almost 40 years - cemented Kim Jong Un's status as supreme leader and the inheritor of his family's dynastic rule, which spans seven decades.

Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il never held a party congress during his rule but the current leader appears to be following a regular five-year timetable.

- AFP