North Korea has convened an extended plenary session of the Cabinet to intensively discuss ways to address the tightened international sanctions against the communist state, state media said Tuesday.
"The meeting discussed how to thoroughly implement the decision made in the second plenary session of the 7th-term Workers' Party Central Committee," the Korean Central News Agency said, citing a report from Minju Joson, the official newspaper of the Cabinet.
North Korea discussed ways to cope with the intensifying international sanctions against the country during the party meeting attended by its leader Kim Jong-un on Oct. 7.
During the Cabinet meeting, participants "discussed ways to make a new leap in the construction of the socialist economic power resorting to the power of self-sufficiency and science technology" after reviewing problems arising from various economic sectors, according to the KCNA.
Pyongyang's emphasis on self-sufficiency and science technology apparently came out of a dire need to seek new ways to boost its economy at a time when most trade is officially blocked by sanctions.
The last extended plenary meeting of the Cabinet was held in January last year.