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North Korea’s Mid-term and Long-term Vision: Latest Discourse and Correlation with Economic and Foreign Policies
Published December 5, 2022
Publication Source: IFANS
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From the 8th Party Congress onward, North Korea’s official discourse has mostly focused on shaping a five-year plan that would guide the country’s domestic and foreign affairs until the next round of the Party Congress. The regime even mentioned a 15-year time frame to specify its long-term visions like “building an ideal powerful socialist state.” While public remarks from North Korea do not provide a full picture of the regime’s mid- to long-term vision, a series of official documents released by the North, including Kim Jong-un’s speech, his statements, and state media coverage of major gatherings of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the Supreme People’s Assembly, would help explain the rough contours of the mid-to long-term visions emerging within the North Korean decision-making circle. Based on a detailed analysis of North Korea’s rhetoric on its mid-term and long-term goals, this article will explore what Pyongyang intends to achieve with  such goals and how they will affect and shape the regime’s trajectory in the coming years.

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