DPRK wraps up ruling party congress

The ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday wrapped up its 7th Congress which lasted four days.

Top leader Kim Jong Un delivered a closing speech.

Kim Jong Un was elected chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK).

He had already been the head of the party, but with the title of the first secretary of the party.

The announcement was made by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly.

Kim became the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army in December 2011 and the first chairman of the National Defense Commission in April, 2012. He is also holding the title of chairman of the Central Military Commission of the party.

Meanwhile, according to an announcement, Choe Ryong Hae and Pak Pong Ju have been elected to the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee, raising the number of the committee members from three to five.

Previously, the members of the committee included Kim Jong Un, Kim Yong Nam and Hwang Pyong So, director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army.

The ruling party’s 7th Congress opened Friday, the first time in 36 years and the first party congress since Kim Jong Un took power in late 2011.

Kim Jong Un delivered a three-hour work report of the Central Committee of the party and stressed that the DPRK will in the long run hold fast to the strategic line of “Byungjin,” or the parallel development of nuclear weapons and national economy as long as the nuclear threat posed by imperialists continues.

Kim in his speech again claimed the DPRK to be a nuclear weapons state, which was never acknowledged by the international society. He said the DPRK will strive for world denuclearization and faithfully fulfill obligations of nuclear non-proliferation as a responsible nuclear weapons state.

Massive parades and a torch march are expected to take place Tuesday in Pyongyang to celebrate the success of the congress.

Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Monday congratulated Kim Jong Un on his election as chairman of the DPRK party.

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