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    The unidentified structure is believed to be related to the upcoming 8th Congress of the Worker’s Party of Korea that is to be held in January 2021. Construction activities reportedly began on 8 December.

    An unknown facility has been set up in the centre of North Korea’s capital Pyongyang, according to satellite imagery obtained by the website 38 North.

    ​The images reveal that the structure is situated close to the viewing platform used by Kim Jong-un and other high-ranking North Korean officials during military and civilian parades.

    Surrounded by high walls, the building may be intended to be constructed ahead of the forthcoming Worker’s Party national meeting that is expected to present a new five-year development plan and introduce a new COVID-19 strategy.

    In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party in Pyongyang
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    In this image made from video broadcasted by North Korea's KRT on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a ceremony to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the country’s ruling party in Pyongyang

    In November, North Korea began preparatory activities for an event that would make the 8th Party Congress “a historical event that will live long in the history of the Fatherland”, South Korean outlet Daily NK cited a Worker's Party Central Committee document as saying. 

    The media outlet also reported that soldiers mobilised for the parade and other congress-related activities are going through temperature checks five times a day amid the coronavirus pandemic

     

     

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