North Korea leader condemns executed uncle as 'factional filth'

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has used his new year message to condemn his uncle as "factional filth". He said that Jang Song-thaek's execution last month has cemented "solidarity" within the party.

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Key quotations from Kim Jong-un's new year address

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has delivered a rare televised address to mark the new year.

On South Korea

It is time to end abuse and slander that is only good for doing harm and anything to hinder reconciliation and unity should not happen anymore. South Korean authorities should stop reckless fratricidal confrontation and fuss about 'North Korean sympathisers' while listening to the voice of people demanding the democratic unification and independence. They should come forward to improve North-South ties.

On military aggression

Dangerous circumstances are being established, which could make a minor military collision spark an all-out-war. If a war breaks out on this land, it will bring a tremendous nuclear disaster. Even the United States will never be safe.

On his executed uncle

Our party took firm measures to get rid of a faction of sewage that permeated the party. Our unity strengthened hundredfold and party and revolutionary lines became much more solid by purging the anti-party and anti-revolutionary faction.


Kim Jong-un celebrates New Year at first ski resort

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed his "great satisfaction" after visiting the country's first ski resort for New Year.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Masik Pass Ski Resort in Wonsan. Credit: Reuters

During the visit he rode on one of the new chair lifts at the luxury Masik Pass Ski Resort in Wonsan, in the east of the country.

Kim Jong-un visits a hotel at North Korea's first ski resort. Credit: Reuters

Kim Jong-un, who studied in the Swiss capital Berne and is believed to have enjoyed skiing in the Alps, also looked around a hotel and rental shops at the resort.

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