Footage has emerged from North Korea showing all-powerful leader Kim Jong-un taking centre stage at a meeting of his reclusive state’s ruling Workers’ Party.
Images of the grandiose gathering emerged as a new report from South Korea said Kim had ordered the executions of more than 300 people since taking power five years ago.
The meeting of the First Conference of Chairpersons of the Primary Committees of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) is said to have lasted for three days from December 23 to December 25.
Kim later attended an artistic performance in Pyongyang in honour of those attending the conference.
State media says that when he appeared in the auditorium: “all the performers and the participants of the conference broke into cheers of ‘hurrah!’, extending the greatest honour and deepest thanks to him”.
The concert featured the Moranbong band – the North Korean girl pop group formed in 2012 by the leader himself.
Despite sanctions, Kim seems more determined than ever to pursue his nuclear and ballistic missile programmes.