N. Korea's Kim sends letter to citizens ahead of ruling party congress

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent a letter to citizens on New Year’s Day, state-run media reported Friday, in the run-up to the first congress of the ruling party in five years in early January. Kim gave New Year’s Day addresses for seven straight years through 2019, but is unlikely to do so this year for the second year in a row given that he is set to make a speech at the gathering of the Workers’ Party of Korea. “In the new year, too, I will work hard to bring earlier the new era in which the ideals and desires of our people will come true,” Kim was quoted by the official Korean Central …

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