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Rally staged in Pyongyang to back key party meeting decision

Seoul, Jan 6 (IANS) A major outdoor rally was staged in Pyongyang earlier this week, with a number of North Korean citizens and some top officials in attendance, in support of decisions from a recent key party meeting, the state media reported on Thursday.

Wrapping up a year-end Workers' Party plenary session last week, the North outlined its policy priorities for the new year on developing the national economy and bolstering anti-virus efforts, reports Yonhap News Agency.

"In order to thoroughly accomplish the decisions of the 4th Plenary Meeting of the Workers' Party's 8th Central Committee, a Pyongyang city rally was held at the Kim Il-sung Square on Wednesday," Pyongyang's officials Korean Central News Agency said in its report.

Officials and workers of factories, companies and cooperative farms in Pyongyang as well as students took part in the event, it added

Top officials, including Premier Kim Tok-hun, were also present, suggesting the gathering was aimed at encouraging progress in economic efforts.

North Korea has placed a focus on developing its economy, especially the agriculture sector, in the midst of strict border controls against Covid-19 and international sanctions.