North Korea's ruling party congress closes

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reiterated his country's resolve to advance its nuclear and missile program as the ruling Workers' Party Congress came to a close on Tuesday.

North Korea's state-run Korean Central Television reported Kim's closing remarks at the congress, which started on January 5. Kim was elected as general secretary of the party during the event.

Kim said the country must do everything it can to increase nuclear war deterrence and build maximum military capability.

Plans to hold the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday were also announced. The parliamentary session is likely to decide on legal revisions and personnel matters based on what was put forth at the party congress.

Meanwhile, North Korean state news agency KCNA carried a statement by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong on Wednesday.
She criticized South Korea for having said that it "captured" the North's military parade and for "precision tracking" celebrations. She said it was a clear expression of the South Korean authorities' "hostile approach" toward the North.

Kim Yo Jong appears to be continuing to exert her presence, even though she was not chosen as an alternate member of the party's political bureau, where she previously served, at the party congress. Her title in the statement was changed to "vice director" from her former position of first vice director.