Pyongyang, North Korea-- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attended a plenary meeting of its Labour party in Pyongyang on Sunday and underlined economic construction and nuclear development.
The North's state-run television KRT released several still photographs of Kim at the meeting of Central Committee of Workers' Party of North Korea (WPK) with high-ranking party members on Sunday.
The North's official news agency KCNA said the plenary meeting set a new strategic line on carrying out economic construction and building nuclear armed forces simultaneously under the prevailing situation and to meet the legitimate requirement of the developing revolution.
The KCNA also said that the North's nuclear weapons are not a "political bargaining chip" nor a "thing for economic dealings," saying that the nuclear armed forces are its "life, which can never be abandoned as long as imperialists and nuclear threats exist on earth."
The meeting came as the tension continues to increase on the Korean peninsula.
On Saturday, North Korea said it was entering a "state of war" with South Korea, its latest bout of angry rhetoric directed at Seoul and Washington, but the South brushed off the statement as little more than tough talk.
The North has been threatening to attack the South and U.S. military bases on an almost daily basis since the beginning of March, when U.S. and South Korean militaries started routine drills that have been conducted for decades without incident.
The two Koreas have been technically in a state of war for six decades under a truce that ended their 1950-53 conflict. Despite its threats, few people see any indication Pyongyang will risk a near-certain defeat by re-starting full-scale war.