North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Hails ‘Sacred Combat Mission,’ Gets Warm Words from World Leaders

North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un has praised the disaster relief efforts of his armed forces in the wake of a typhoon that has battered the small, militarized state ahead of an anniversary marked by warm words from world leaders. After touring flood-hit sites over the weekend, Kim chaired on Tuesday the sixth enlarged meeting of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party’s Seventh Central Military Commission in Pyongyang in order to discuss “severe damage” dealt to the Komdok area of South Hamgyong Province by a major storm termed “Typhoon No. 9.” The devastation was enough to force the ruler to rethink his year-end goals ahead of the upcoming, highly-anticipated Eighth Pary Congress set for January. “The Supreme Leader said that due to the unexpected damage by typhoon we are faced with the situation in which we cannot help but change the direction of our struggle after comprehensively considering the year-end tasks that were under way with the nation-wide efforts,” the official Korean Central News Agency reported. Early reports indicated the typhoon wrecked some 2,000 homes and tens of public buildings, swept away more than 37 miles of roadway in 45 places, destroyed 59 bridges and two miles of railway roadbeds… Read full this story

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