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Regular Briefing by Spokesperson Koo Byoungsam

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Regular Briefing by Spokesperson Koo Byoungsam
Date: Monday, February 6, 2023
Time: 10:30-10:35 A.M.


1. North Korea expected to hold 7th plenary meeting of the 8th Party Central Committee late February

North Korean media reported that the 13th meeting of the Political Bureau of the Party Central Committee was held on February 5 and approved a resolution on convening the 7th enlarged plenary meeting in late February. The Political Bureau meeting was presided over by Jo Yong Won, secretary for Organizational Affairs of the Central Committee.

It is not unprecedented that the North convenes a plenary meeting 2 months after it was held last December, however it seems somewhat unusual.

As the North’s agricultural development was approved as a single agenda of the plenary meeting, the Government will continuously monitor the food situation and relevant developments in North Korea.


2. Minister’s Schedule

From 10:10 A.M. today, Unification Minister Kwon Youngse attended an event for graduates of the National Institute for Unification Education to provide a lecture on the Government’s unification and North Korea policy, and at 2:00 P.M., he will attend the National Assembly’s interpellation session on foreign affairs, unification, and security sectors.

On February 9, Minister Kwon will meet with Daniel Wolven, the Ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of Korea.

On February 10, he will deliver welcome remarks at a debate on North Korean human rights co-hosted by the Unification Ministry and lawmaker Thae Yong-ho at 9:30 A.M., and meet with David Alton, the member of the House of Lords of the United Kingdom at 4:30 P.M.. David Alton chairs the British-DPRK All-Party Parliamentary Group and has engaged in addressing North Korean human rights in the UK Parliament. He also actively communicates with the North Korean defector community in the UK.


3. Vice Minister’s Schedule

On February 8, Vice Minister Kim Ki Woong will attend the IKIS Unification Forum organized by the Institute for Korean Integration of Society and deliver a lecture on the Government’s unification and North Korea policy.


4. Q&A

Q. North Korea decided to hold a plenary meeting again after two months. Is there any case in the past where North Korea held a plenary meeting with a single agenda? Also, what is the Ministry’s take on North Korea’s food crisis this year?

A. Let me check to see if North Korea held a single agenda at a plenary meeting and get back to you later.

Regarding North Korea’s food production, the Government estimates to be 4.69 million tons in 2021 and 4.51 million tons in 2022, a slight decrease of around 3.8%. The Government is paying close attention to various situations in which the agricultural issue was dealt importantly through the Supreme People’s Assembly and the cabinet plenary meeting in January.


Q. Could you provide more details on the Minister’s meeting with the Swedish ambassador? Recently Minister Kwon mentioned internal conflict in North Korea, and were such remarks made in relation to the North’s agricultural problem or food crisis?

A. The Minister’s remarks are not specifically referring to the situation in North Korea, but rather various possibilities that could progress in the process of North Korea coming to the dialogue.

As Sweden maintains special diplomatic relations with North Korea, the Unification Minister and the Swedish ambassador occasionally exchange views on the internal situation in North Korea and pending inter-Korean relations when opportunity arises.