- North Korea held a rare congress of the Workers' Party in January. It revised the party rules, deleting such expressions as "uriminzokkiri" or "between our Korean people," and including such phrases as "coexistence" of the compatriots.
- Some experts see the changes as North Korea signaling that it has given up on its push for the unification of the Korean Peninsula and is instead seeking the coexistence of the two Koreas.
- The paper also noted that the party's rules clarify that the strong national defense capability is to safeguard stability and peace on the Korean Peninsula, which reflects Pyongyang's "unwavering" commitment to the unification of the Korean Peninsula.
- South and North Korea remain technically at war since the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.
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