Seoul, Jan 11: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was given the title of general secretary of the ruling Workers Party formerly held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported Monday, in a move apparently aimed at bol-stering his authority amid growing economic challenges.
The designation was NorthKoreds latest step taken during its first S-ing party congress since 2016.
During the meeting, Kim also vowed to build more sophisticated nuclear weapons, disclosed eco-nomic developmental goals and reshuffled party officials. But ob-servers doubt whether such moves can offer North Korea any sub-stantial solutions to difficulties that include coronavirus-related eco-nomic shocks, natural disasters and persistent US-led sanctions.
The congress announced Kim’s new title during the sixth day of the meeting Sunday. A congress state-ment said Kim “has gloriously re-alised the historic mission to com-plete the country’s nuclear build-up plan,” according to the official Korean Central News Agency.
Kim already was the party’s top leader. During a 2016 party con-gress, he was named party chair-man and before that had led the party with the title of first secre-tary. But general secretary has im-portant symbolism in the country led by dynastic rule since it was the title held by his father Kim Jong II, and grandfather, Kim II Sung.