Kim Jong Un changed his title from chairman to general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, a rank previously held by his late father and grandfather – and removed his sister from the powerful North Korean politburo.
Kim’s action during the Hermit Kingdom’s first ruling party congress since 2016 was apparently aimed at bolstering his authority amid mounting economic challenges.
During the sixth day of the meeting Sunday, the despot, who turned 37 on Friday, also vowed to build more sophisticated nuclear weapons and disclosed economic development goals amid coronavirus-related financial woes, natural disasters and US-led sanctions.
A congress statement said Kim, who already was the party’s top leader, “has gloriously realized the historic mission to complete the country’s nuclear build-up plan,” according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
“Kim’s takeover shows his confidence, that he has now officially joined the ranks of his father and grandfather,” Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in