North Korea bans weddings and funerals ahead of five-day Worker's Party congress

As North Korea's Kim Jong-un prepares for his coronation ceremony, he has ordered a ban on all the weddings and funerals taking place at that time.

Movement into and out of the reclusive nation's capital has been expressly forbidden, while the Pyongyang populace, already used to intensive surveillance of their every move, has been subjected to an increase in inspections and property searches, according to the Daily NK.

Jeong Joon-hee, the South's Ministry of Unification spokesman, said in a briefing on Monday, "We are watching closely the possibility of North Korea kidnapping or conducting acts of terror against our overseas citizens".

In this October 1980 photo provided by the Korea News Service (KNS), then North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, center, and his son Kim Jong Il, left, talk about the preparation for the convention of North Korea's Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Kim Jong-un was anointed as marshal - the highest military rank in North Korea in 2012.

"The real source of power in our country isn't nuclear weapons or any other military means", he added, "but the single-minded unity of the people and the leader".

The alliance plan encompasses joint operations to detect, disrupt, destroy and defend against North Korea's potential nuclear and missile attacks, including the option to launch a preemptive attack on key military facilities in the communist country.

He said: "One of the most important things through this party congress is to show to the entire world the union of our people".

According to Pyongyang's KCNA, "dignitaries" representing a total of 20 countries acknowledged the upcoming congress, but North Korea did not state whether they would be sending delegates.

North Korea today stepped up their calls for the waitresses to be returned - by presenting colleagues and parents of the restaurant staff to global media.

North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test in January followed by an inter-continental ballistic missile launch the following month and numerous mid-range ballistic missile tests in recent weeks.

The event is set to last between four and five days. Kim Jong-un will declare the nation as a nuclear state at the congress party, reports The Independent, in addition to discussing North Korea's economics and military moving forward.

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