Inside North Korea’s Historic Congress

This week’s episode delves into the significance of North Korea’s recent Workers’ Party Congress.

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Inside North Korea’s Historic Congress
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Next on the North Korea podcast at The Diplomat, hosted by Jack Hands: The latest in news and views from the world’s most secretive nation. Every fortnight, we will be interviewing some of the world’s leading Korean analysts gaining a unique insight into the factors which are changing and shaping North Korea.

This week’s guests are Anna Fifield, Tokyo bureau chief for the Washington Post, and Connie Kim, North Korean reporter for Arirang TV. The show looks at the historic and rare Congress of the North Korean Workers’ Party held this month for the first since 1980. We discuss what was learnt from the Congress and whether this signals any lasting change for future North Korean policy. Moreover, Anna Fifield describes what it was like reporting inside North Korea itself during the Congress itself.