(Edited from Xinhua, Pyongyang) The ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has made significant decisions regarding leadership following a landmark conference on Tuesday.

Top leader Kim Jong Il, who had served as general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) since Oct 1997, was reelected to the supreme post in the 65-year-old party, which has been leading the DPRK since the Northeastern Asian country was founded in 1948.

(Edited from Xinhua, Pyongyang) The ruling party of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has made significant decisions regarding leadership following a landmark conference on Tuesday.

Top leader Kim Jong Il, who had served as general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) since Oct 1997, was reelected to the supreme post in the 65-year-old party, which has been leading the DPRK since the Northeastern Asian country was founded in 1948.

Kim’s reelection was the first item on the agenda at the WPK conference, which the official KCNA news agency said was convened “at a historic time when a signal turn is being effected” in carrying out the country’s cause to build a thriving socialist nation.

Participants in the Pyongyang gathering, whose exact locale remains unknown, also amended the WPK Charter and renewed the party’s leading bodies, including its central committee, auditing commission and control commission. The latter two are respectively responsible for financial and disciplinary affairs.

In the amendments made to the WPK Charter, “the duties of a party member and the contents of the work of party organizations at different levels are comprehensively revised and supplemented,” the KCNA said.

The revision also adds a new charter to the current charter regulating the party’s logo and flag and further stresses the need to strengthen the party’s leadership over the civilians as well as the military, the news agency added.

In a report seemingly indicating that the WPK conference has concluded, the KCNA said early Wednesday morning local time that the conference “was held with success in Pyongyang on Sept 28” and that “Kim Yong Nam made a closing speech.”

The historic gathering, the third of its kind in the party’s history and the first in 44 years, took place in a festive Pyongyang, which had a jubilant atmosphere and a forest of flags, banners and placards planted across the capital.

On Tuesday, women dressed up in fine clothes could be seen on all main streets, and various outdoor performances were staged at popular public sites.

Outside the country, the international community is also closely watching the development in the DPRK, as the country is trying to secure a peaceful international environment for its economic development and has recently repeated its intent to resume the Six-Party Talks for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

Contributing to the wariness of international players are the high tensions that have clouded the region since the March sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors.

Seoul accuses Pyongyang of torpedoing the vessel and has since carried out several military drills with the United States off the Korean coast, while the DPRK denies any involvement and has repeatedly warned that the “provocative” exercises would threaten regional security.

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