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N. Korea's congress ends with Kim Jong-un's calls to strengthen nuclear capabilities Updated: 2021-01-13 15:45:37 KST

The curtains came down on North Korea's eighth Workers' Party Congress Tuesdaywith Kim Jong-un renewing calls to boost the regime's nuclear capabilities.

"We must do everything we can to increase our nuclear war deterrence and have the strongest military capability."

One expert believes that Kim's comments were aimed at Seoul and Washington.

"It's a message to Washington that the North will continue to strengthen its nuclear capabilities as far as to say there will be denuclearization negotiations. Kim Jong-un is also pressuring Seoul by mentioning tactical weapons for the first time which could reach the South."

The event, which began last Tuesday, was the second longest congress in the North's history after the fifth in 1970.
During which, Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong was demotedbut analysts say she is still an important figure.
On Wednesday, Kim Yo-jong lashed out against Seoul for closely tracking the regime's movements in relation to a possible military parade.

"She is still a powerful figure that deals with and sends sensitive, important messages like issues on South Korea and the U.S. Her seat and the order of her name being called during the congress also symbolizes her high status in the regime."

The North plans to convene for the annual Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday to discuss and ratify policy goals set during congress.
In the meantime, Pyeongyang is expected to stage celebratory events such as special performances to officially mark the end of the congress.
A high-ranking official at Seoul's unification ministry said Wednesday that Pyeongyang has left various possibilities open regarding issues related to Seoul and Washington.
Kim Dami, Arirang News.
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