Kim of North Korea enforces governing party discipline and instals new politburo members

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has strengthened the governing Workers’ Party’s discipline and selected new members to its powerful politburo, according to official media KCNA.

The party’s central committee convened a fourth and final plenary meeting, when it discussed organisational and ideological concerns for its top leadership organ.

According to KCNA, several members of the leadership voiced “remorse for failing to live up to the expectations,” after Kim pointed out “serious problems” with their lifestyle.

The central committee’s powerful politburo also elected Thae Hyong Chol, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, as a new member, and U Sang Chol, an official at the party’s Central Auditing Commission, as an alternate member, KCNA said.

The party gathering kicked off on Tuesday.

During earlier sessions, Kim called for measures to tackle the “tense” food situation, blaming the coronavirus pandemic and last year’s typhoons, and urged preparation for both dialogue and confrontation with the United States in his first direct comment on U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration. read more

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Reporting by Hyonhee Shin Editing by Shri Navaratnam

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