October 10, 2017 09:25
Around 100,000 North Koreans were roped into a rally in Pyongyang on Sunday to mark the 20th anniversary of former leader Kim Jong-il being elected general secretary of the Workers Party.
Top apparatchik Choe Ryong-hae in a speech called on North Koreans to prepare for a "final battle" against the U.S. and vowed to "relentlessly wipe out" the enemy.
On Saturday, the regime conducted a major reshuffle of the party's Central Committee that promoted no key officials who have supported dialogue with South Korea.
None of the 44 new members of the Central Committee come from the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, suggesting that the regime is dead set against any dialogue with the South as the prospect of direct talks with the U.S. looms.
Instead, leader Kim Jong-un promoted his sister Kim Yo-jong to the politburo in an apparent bid to cement his rule. She is apparently in charge of promoting the personality cult surrounding her brother.
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