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N Korea at crossroads

Kim Jong Un stresses economic policies at a politburo meeting -KCNA

Coronavirus pandemic put more pressure on North Korea economy

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects sites of reconstruction in Kimhwa County, in this image released by North Korea's Central News Agency in October.    © Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un stressed the need to carry out economic policies with responsibility, as he presided over a meeting of the politburo of the ruling Workers Party, state news agency KCNA reported on Monday.

The meeting comes during a tough year for North Korea as the coronavirus pandemic has put more pressure on an economy already battered by international sanctions aimed at stopping its nuclear program.

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