North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has told a meeting of the ruling Workers' Party that the country needs to speed up its military building efforts.
The ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Saturday that Kim addressed the plenary meeting of the party's Central Committee, which took place from Wednesday through Friday.
The report cited Kim as saying the North is facing a very serious security situation, and that the surrounding situation could get worse. He said it's essential that the North bolster its defense capabilities as soon as possible.
Kim is also reported to have said, "The right to self-defense is an issue of defending sovereignty." He said the North has a fighting principle of "power for power and head-on contest."
The meeting also included the election of officials to key party and government posts.
First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was appointed the new foreign minister. She has been involved in negotiations with the United States for many years.