Kim Jong Un vows to raise defense capabilities

North Korean state-run media has reported that leader Kim Jong Un has pledged to increase defense capabilities on the second day of the ruling Workers' Party congress.

Korean Central Television reported on Thursday about the speech Kim gave on Wednesday.

It said that Kim "clarified an important will" to "protect the security of the country and people and the peaceful environment" by "placing the state defense capabilities on a much higher level." It added that Kim also "put forth goals for realizing it."

The report did not say what those goals were.

The state-run media say the party congress, which opened on Tuesday, will continue on Thursday.

One focal point of the congress is whether Kim will refer to the future direction of his country's nuclear and missile programs during the party congress.

Another focus is if Kim will outline his policies on the relationship with the United States just before President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20.