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N. Korean leader to represent military in upcoming party congress: state media

All Headlines 08:53 April 14, 2016

SEOUL, April 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was selected to represent the military in the upcoming party congress in May, North Korea's state-run broadcasting outlet said Thursday as the country moves toward its first party congress in more than 30 years.

Armed forces representatives of the Workers' Party of Korea unanimously made the decision in their two-day gathering from Tuesday to Wednesday, the North's Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station said.

"Dear chief commander, comrade Kim Jong-un was selected as a representative of the Workers' Party's 7th Congress," it said.

North Korea is set to convene the first party congress, the highest-level political guidance body, in more than 30 years in early May.

Hwang Pyong-so, director of the general political bureau of North Korea's armed forces, hailed Kim's contributions to building North Korea into "a world-class military power" and "one of nuclear powers" in his speech marking the latest decision.

North Korea is stepping up efforts to glorify the young leader in the run-up to the party congress set for early May, which is expected to focus on solidifying Kim's one-man leadership.

pbr@yna.co.kr
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