North Korea has announced that the Central Committee of its ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) was set to hold a meeting Wednesday to discuss and decide what it called a "new orientation" just days ahead of South Korean leader Moon Jae-in's visit to the White House.

The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency said in a short dispatch Wednesday morning that the powerful decision-making body would "discuss and decide the new orientation and ways of struggle in line with the need of the prevailing revolutionary situation."

At last year's meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un announced that his country no longer needed to test nuclear weapons or longer-range missiles, would close its Punggye-ri nuclear test site and was shifting its primary focus to its tattered economy.