February 21, 2024

Kim Jong Un lauds Xi Jinping’s grip on power, sees ‘beautiful future’ together

Expert says Pyongyang’s praise of Chinese leader could preface nuclear test, other military actions

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un congratulated his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on securing a third term in power at the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) latest congress, in what one expert described as a bid to shore up goodwill ahead of a possible seventh nuclear test.

Monday’s edition of the Rodong Sinmun carried a letter Kim reportedly sent to Xi at the end of the CCP’s 20th Party Congress on Sunday and devoted a full page to a report characterizing the carefully choreographed event as a success.