There’s Been A Lot Of Activity In North Korea

High level officials, diplomats and foreign journalists watch a concert as part of celebrations on the conclusion of the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea just wrapped up its biggest political event in decades - a lavish, four-day congress of its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea intended to both strengthen the leadership of Kim Jong Un and show off the face of the country that North Korea wants the world to see: that of a stable, unified nuclear power determined to stay its own party, come what may.
High level officials, diplomats and foreign journalists watch a concert as part of celebrations on the conclusion of the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea just wrapped up its biggest political event in decades - a lavish, four-day congress of its ruling Workers' Party of Korea intended to both strengthen the leadership of Kim Jong Un and show off the face of the country that North Korea wants the world to see: that of a stable, unified nuclear power determined to stay its own party, come what may. AP Photo / Wong Maye-E
High level officials, diplomats and foreign journalists watch a concert as part of celebrations on the conclusion of the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea just wrapped up its biggest political event in decades - a lavish, four-day congress of its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea intended to both strengthen the leadership of Kim Jong Un and show off the face of the country that North Korea wants the world to see: that of a stable, unified nuclear power determined to stay its own party, come what may.
High level officials, diplomats and foreign journalists watch a concert as part of celebrations on the conclusion of the ruling party congress in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea just wrapped up its biggest political event in decades - a lavish, four-day congress of its ruling Workers' Party of Korea intended to both strengthen the leadership of Kim Jong Un and show off the face of the country that North Korea wants the world to see: that of a stable, unified nuclear power determined to stay its own party, come what may. AP Photo / Wong Maye-E

There’s Been A Lot Of Activity In North Korea

There has been a lot of activity in North Korea (DPRK).

The country held its first Workers’ Party congress since 1980, and Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, was elevated to the position of Party Chairman. During the gathering, Pyongyang pledged to expand its nuclear arsenal and has been agitating its neighbors with a series of missile launches.

We get an update on North Korea from Bruce Cumings, professor of history at the University of Chicago. He’s author of numerous books on the Korean Peninsula including, Parallax Visions: Making Sense of American-East Asian Relations at the End of the Century and North Korea: Another Country.