U.S. News: Party Time in Pyongyang North Korea's biggest political gathering in decades will affirm Kim Jong Un's place as leader

For months, North Koreans toiled day and night, renovating the Central Zoo, planting rows of apple trees and churning out coal in the deep, dark mines in the west. Factory workers hustled to produce everything from shoes and makeup to soft drinks and batteries so they could celebrate with the claim that they had surpassed yearly quotas.

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