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N. Korean leader Kim reaffirms its principle of 'power for power,' 'head-on contest'
Updated: 2022-06-11 12:11:15 KST
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for stronger "self-defense" measures during the fifth enlarged plenary meeting of the eighth Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea.
Presiding over the meeting, Kim laid out tasks to bolster its military power and defense research according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency.
Kim Jong-un was quoted as saying, "the right to self-defense is a matter of defending national sovereignty," reaffirming the Party's principle of "power for power and head-on contest."
He also assessed the security conditions for the North as being "very serious" and said, "the surrounding situation carries a risk of further escalation."
However, it remains unclear whether Kim talked about nuclear tests amid reports that Pyeongyang is preparing for a seventh nuke test in nearly five years.
During the plenary meeting, convened on Wednesday through Friday, no hostile comments were made toward the U.S or South Korea.
Instead, new appointments were made.
North Korea appointed Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui, as its new foreign minister while Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon was tapped to lead the Party's United Front Department that deals with inter-Korean relations.
This week's session also focused on the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kim said the regime's anti-virus measures had entered a "new stage"from an all-out lockdown to a mix of lockdown and containment efforts to fight the virus.
North Korea on Saturday reported more than 42-thousand new "fever" cases.
Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News.
Reporter : shmin@arirang.com