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Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 14:27
DPRK ruling party to convene late Dec to discuss 'crucial issues'
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Wednesday, December 04, 2019, 14:27 By Agencies

This undated photo provided on Dec 4, 2019 by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's government shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, center, with his wife Ri Sol-ju, right, riding on white horses during his visit to Mount Paektu in the DPRK. (PHOTO / KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

PYONGYANG/SEOUL - The ruling party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korean (DPRK) has decided to hold new sessions to "discuss and decide on crucial issues in line with the needs of the development of the Korean revolution and the changed situation at home and abroad," official media reported Wednesday.

The KCNA also reported Wednesday that DPRK leader Kim Jong-un rode a white horse up Mount Paektu. Kim has made previous visits there before making major decisions

The Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) decided on Tuesday to convene the 5th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK in late December, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The 4th Plenary Meeting of the 7th Central Committee of the WPK was held on April 10 this year.

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The KCNA also reported Wednesday that DPRK leader Kim Jong-un rode a white horse up a sacred mountain on his second symbolic visit there.

The KCNA released many photos showing Kim taking a horse riding to snow-covered Mount Paektu along with his wife and other top lieutenants, also on white horses. Kim also climbed the mountain, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, on horseback in mid-October.

Mount Paektu and white horses are symbols associated with the Kim family's dynastic rule. Kim has made previous visits there before making major decisions.

This undated photo provided on Dec 4, 2019 by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's government shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, center, riding on a white horse during his visit to Mount Paektu in the DPRK. (PHOTO / KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

Kim said that “we should always live and work in the offensive spirit of Paektu,” according to the KCNA. “The imperialists and class enemies make a more frantic attempt to undermine the ideological, revolutionary and class positions of our party.”

The latest trip comes as a year-end deadline set by Kim for Washington to come up with new proposals to salvage nuclear diplomacy is approaching.

DPRK's Vice-Foreign Minister Ri Thae-song warned on Tuesday that the US will soon need to decide what kind of "Christmas gift" it will receive from Pyongyang.

"What is left to be done now is the U.S. option and it is entirely up to the U.S. what Christmas gift it will select to get," Ri said in a statement carried by the KCNA.

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This undated photo provided on Dec 4, 2019 by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's government shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un at Mount Paektu in the DPRK. (PHOTO / KOREAN CENTRAL NEWS AGENCY / KOREA NEWS SERVICE VIA AP)

Hours after the DPRK's warning, US President Donald Trump urged Kim to follow through on what he described as a promise to denuclearize the DPRK.

“My relationship with Kim Jong-un is really good, but that doesn’t mean he won’t abide by the agreements ... he said he will denuclearize,” Trump said during a visit to London. “Now, we have the most powerful military we ever had, and we are by far the most powerful country in the world and hopefully we don’t have to use it. But if we do, we will use it.”

Trump also revived a nickname he had previously given Kim when he traded crude insults and threats of destruction during a provocative run in DPRK's nuclear and missile tests in 2017.

Kim “likes sending rockets up, doesn’t he?” Trump said. “That’s why I call him Rocket Man.”


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