Vietnam President congratulates newly-elected General Secretary of Workers' Party of Korea

Kim Jong Un was elected as the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea at its 8th national congress which took place from January 5-10.
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General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) welcomes the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Un, at a banquet on March 1, 2019 (Photo: VNA)

General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee and State President Nguyen Phu Trong has sent a message of congratulations to newly-elected General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Jong Un.

The Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee also cabled a congratulatory message to the 8th National Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, according to Vietnam Plus.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was crowned general secretary of the Workers' Party, tightening his grip on the ruling party 10 days before the inauguration of Joe Biden as U.S. president, the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Monday. KCNA said the party's congress elected Kim as general secretary on Sunday, changing his official title from chairman. Kim became the country's supreme leader in 2011 following the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, and received the title of party chairman in 2016. He reinstated his predecessors' post of general secretary and has now taken it. In North Korea, the title of general secretary is symbolic, meaning the top leader of the party.

The party also held elections for its Central Committee, a key governing body that includes the powerful politburo. KCNA said the congress, which started in January 12, will continue in session but did not specify when it will conclude. The previous party congress, the first in 36 years, was held for four days in 2016.

North Korea–Vietnam relations established formal diplomatic relations on January 31, 1950. North Korea was one of the first countries after China and the Soviet Union to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1950. Based on their good relationship, President Ho Chi Minh visited North Korea in December 1957, met with Kim Il Sung, and visited the nation’s industrial exhibition centers and farms. President Ho Chi Minh and President Kim Il Sung laid a strong foundation for long-term cooperation and friendship between the two countries, VN Express cited.

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