North Korea opened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980 behind closed doors Friday, in an anticlimactic start to what officials have portrayed as a showcase of the country’s stability and unity under young leader Kim Jong Un despite tough new sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea’s information committee said the congress began Friday morning, and bused more than 100 foreign journalists to the venue for a look. But only from the outside. No one but presumably the thousands of delegates and officials were allowed inside the ornate April 25 House of Culture, draped ...
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