North Korea Opens Congress With Praise for Kim Jong-un

May 6, 2016 6:11 AM

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North Korea Opens Congress With Praise for Kim Jong-un

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s ruling party opened its first congress in 36 years on Friday, as state news media hailed the North’s “powerful nuclear deterrent” as the biggest achievement of its leader, Kim Jong-un, who plans to use the rare political gathering to consolidate his power.

The seventh congress of the Workers’ Party started on Friday morning in Pyongyang, with Mr. Kim attending, the BBC reported from the capital.

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