N.Korea's veteran TV anchor honored as 'labor hero'

North Korea's veteran state-run TV newsreader has been awarded the title of "labor hero." The anchor, Ri Chun Hi, has delivered important news, including the activities of the country's leader Kim Jong Un, for many years.

North Korea's ruling Workers' Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported on Wednesday the recognition of Ri, who works for state-run Korean Central Television. The report said the move came ahead of the anniversary of the country's founding on Friday.

Believed to be around 80 years of age, Ri is still delivering important news, such as the country's nuclear and missile development.

The report said she had been honored for her contribution to heightening the morale of party members and others using artful storytelling unique to her.

Observers say the title is aimed at promoting loyalty to Kim by giving public recognition to those who have shown dedication to the party in important times for the country.

In April, Kim gave a new house to Ri for her longstanding service, calling her a national treasure. That came ahead of the 110th anniversary of the birth of the country's founder Kim Il Sung.