North Korean chief Kim Jong Un has taken the title of Workers’ Party common secretary in a transfer apparently geared toward consolidating his grip on energy. He additionally promised to construct extra refined nuclear weapons.
The ruling Workers’ Party’s eighth congress awarded Kim his new title after a vote on Sunday that adopted a slight revision of the principles, based on North Korean media.
The appointment to common secretary is a largely symbolic one as Kim had already been the highest official inside the occasion as chairman. The transfer seems geared toward bolstering his authority amid some robust financial challenges.
Kim’s election to the brand new submit mirrored the “unanimous will and desire” of all occasion members, residents, and members of the People’s Army, the occasion mentioned.
“”All the delegates expressed full support with stormy applause in great excitement,” mentioned the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
During the assembly, the primary of its type since 2016, Kim additionally promised to construct extra refined nuclear weapons. A congress assertion carried by the KCNA mentioned Kim had “gloriously realized the historic mission to complete the country’s nuclear build-up plan.”
It’s thought that the promises were aimed at pressuring President-elect Joe Biden to resume diplomacy and make concessions to North Korea after he takes office next week. It is unclear whether Biden, who has criticized Kim’s much-publicized summits with President Donald Trump, will do so.
Earlier this month, Kim had promised to place the state defense capabilities on a much higher level without it being clear whether he meant the nuclear program.
Promise of new economic dawn
At the congress in the capital, Pyongyang, Kim has disclosed economic development goals and reshuffled party officials.
He admitted that a previous five-year financial growth plan had failed, however revealed a brand new financial plan specializing in constructing a stronger,