North Korea holds rally to mark end of party congress
10 May 2016
- From the section Asia
Hundreds of thousands of North Koreans have joined a rally and military parade marking the end of the Workers’ Party Congress, the first in 36 years.
The congress cemented the position of leader Kim Jong-un, elevating him to the role of party chairman.
At the congress, he also promised not to use nuclear weapons unless North Korea’s sovereignty was threatened.
On Monday, a BBC team was expelled from the county for reporting which angered the authorities.
Correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes had been detained on Friday and interrogated for eight hours, before being forced to leave and banned from returning.
At the rally in Pyongyang on Tuesday, Mr Kim was seen waving to the crowds and chatting with military and party officials.
China, which did not send a representative to the congress, sent a message of congratulations to the North Korean leader on his new position, the countries’ state media said on Tuesday.
Source: BBC World