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Drums, bugles, trumpets and missile launchers. The Congress of North Korea's Workers' Party, the first in nearly 40 years, ended Tuesday with a giant parade in the heart of Pyongyang. Conclusion: the young Kim Jong-un sees his enhanced status as head of the regime, a motion promises to expand the nuclear arsenal - for defensive purposes, we are assured - and a new five-year plan is to revive the economy . Return on economic and military ambitions of Pyongyang with Benoit Hardy-Chartrand, specialist in security issues in the Asia-Pacific Centre for Innovation in International Governance (CIGI).

The conference gave birth to the first five-year...

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