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When the nation's founder and father of the present leader, Kim Il Sung, died in 1994, North Korean officials were told to stand by for an important announcement.
But North Korea experts said Saturday that the announcement could be related to other international matters. Pyongyang has been expected for some time to schedule a congress of the ruling Workers' Party, an event that could be used to announce a new economic policy as well as to clear up uncertainty about the succession of power. The last such event was the sixth party congress in 1980, when Kim Jong Il was officially designated his father's successor.