IN the first meeting of its kind in nearly 40 years, Kim Jong-Un is expected to be formally cemented as supreme leader of North Korea at a historical ruling party congress this week.
The congress, which has been dubbed a coronation by media outlets, will recognize the 33-year-old leader as the legitimate inheritor of his grandfather’s dictatorship, which has been passed from generation to generation.
State media hailed Kim as the “Great Sun of the 21st Century” today, as the country makes final preparations for the big day, which takes place on Friday.
Kim is also expected to officially declare North Korea as a nuclear-armed state, reports Al Arabiya.net.
North Korean newspaper and the ruling party’s official mouthpiece, the Rodong Sinmun Daily, reported that the impending congress is a “sacred” event to exalt Kim’s achievements during his rule.
The newspaper also reported that the country had won numerous victories over their “struggle” against UN nuclear sanctions, as the perceived threat was by U.S.-South Korea military drills and international criticism of North Korea’s human rights record.
According to Sky News, news websites run by defectors from the North have reported tightened security in and around Pyongyang.
The Daily NK website reportedly quoted a source as saying: “Anyone getting in trouble with the authorities during the congress preparation period is being treated as a political offender and punished accordingly.”
The North Korean government has also placed a ban on weddings and funerals this week as it makes final preparations, citing “security reasons”.
Kim came into power in 2012 following the death of his father, Kim Jong-Il, and has spent the past four years reshuffling the party to his liking – including ordering the executions of his uncle and political mentor.