SEOUL – North Korea urged on Tuesday expediting the war against the United States in an editorial published in the country’s main newspaper on the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.
In the Rodong Sinmun editorial, the North Korean regime called on the dignity and independence of the state’s Juche ideology and said military power would guarantee its victory.
The editorial also referred to an unprecedented escalation in tension between Pyongyang and Washington in recent times and urged North Koreans to overcome the latest international sanctions imposed on the country for its nuclear and missile tests this year.
The anniversary of the founding of the Workers’ Party is one of the four main major annual holidays in North Korea along with the birth anniversaries of Kim Jong-un’s father Kim Jong-il (Feb. 16) and grandfather Kim Il-sung (April 15) and the National Foundation Day (Sept. 9).
In a plenary meeting of the country’s only party, held on Saturday to mark the party’s anniversary, new appointments were made, including that of the leader’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, who was elected as one of the new members of the party’s Politburo Standing Committee.
Experts believe the appointment of Kim Yo-jong, who is thought to be around 30 years old, strengthens the succession plan of the Kim dynasty.
Meanwhile, Fighters for a Free North Korea, a group of North Korean defectors sent a dozen balloons with around 300,000 pamphlets, strongly criticizing North Korea’s nuclear and missile program and human rights abuses by the Kim regime, from a mountain in the South Korean city of Gimpo, bordering the North.