"We are now faced with the sacred revolutionary tasks to develop the WPK . . . into an eternal glorious party of Kim Il-sung and further increase its militant function and role to glorify the country as a great prosperous and powerful socialist nation,” the announcement said.
This comes as the two Koreas commemorate the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, just a few months after tensions between the two Korean states rose following the sinking of ROKS Cheonan on 26 March of this year.
Analysts say the move signals a transition of power in the secretive country.
With Kim Jong-il thought to be in ill health following a suspected stroke in 2008, it is believed that the conference will be held to elevate the status of his third son, Swiss-educated Kim Jong-un.