Kim Jong Un shows intention to expand diplomacy

North Korea's state-run television says that leader Kim Jong Un has laid out the direction for developing the country's diplomatic relations in a policy speech he gave at the ongoing ruling Workers' Party congress.

Korean Central Television reported on Friday that Kim commented on reviewing inter-Korean ties in the speech delivered on Thursday, the third day of the congress.

It reported Kim raised the issue of reshaping South Korean relations "as required by the prevailing situation and the changed times."

Without providing further details, Korean Central Television reported that Kim "declared the general orientation and the policy stand of our party for comprehensively expanding and developing the external relations."

There were no reports so far of Kim mentioning his stance on the incoming US administration of Joe Biden or Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

Kim's age has not been made public. But South Korea's Unification Ministry says he was born in 1984. He is believed to have turned 37 years old on Friday.

North Korea's state media say the congress continues on Friday.