At congress, North Korean leader hails nuclear progress

May 7, 2016 1:16 AM

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PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hailed his country’s recent nuclear test to uproarious applause as he convened the first full congress of its ruling party since 1980, an event intended to showcase the North’s stability and unity in the face of tough international sanctions and deepening isolation.

Kim, who stood to read his opening remarks Friday before more than 3,400 delegates, was interrupted repeatedly by cheers and applause as he laid out accomplishments since he took power in 2011 — including what the government says was its first hydrogen bomb test in January.

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