North Korea’s Kim named ruling party general secretary

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been named the ruling Workers' Party general secretary, state media reported on Monday. The new title was granted at the party's 8th congress in the capital Pyongyang on Sunday. Kim’s election as general secretary reflected the "unanimous will and desire" of all party members, citizens and members of the People's Army, the party said.

The name of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister was missing from a new list of the ruling Workers’ Party’s politburo, according to state media on Monday, raising questions about her status after several years of increasing influence, Reuters reported.

Kim Jong Un is the third in a dynasty of the country's rulers after his father Kim Jong Il and grandfather Kim Il Sung, who had also held the title of party general secretary, dpa noted. After his father's death in late 2011, Kim Jong Un was quickly proclaimed supreme leader of the North Korean military, the party and the state. At the seventh party congress five years ago, he was elected party chairman.

On Wednesday, the second day of the ruling Workers' Party's congress, Kim Kong Un said he wants to significantly expand the country's military potential, despite international sanctions and significant economic problems.

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