• In this October 1980 photo provided by the Korea News Service (KNS), then North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, center, and his son Kim Jong Il, left, talk about the preparation for the convention of North Korea's Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea, the world’s last great master of socialist spectacle, is likely to deliver a big one when its ruling party holds its first congress in 36 years later this week, scheduled to begin on Friday, May 6, 2016. (Korea News Service via AP) JAPAN OUT UNTIL 14 DAYS AFTER THE DAY OF TRANSMISSION

    Details of N. Korea party congress secret, but goals clear

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea, the world’s last great master of Cold War-era spectacle, is likely to deliver a big one when its ruling party holds its first congress in 36 years later this week.

  • In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 file photo,  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves at a parade in Pyongyang, North Korea. North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military. The congress is set to begin May 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

    North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un

    TOKYO (AP) — North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military.