But it’s all for security purposes … to prevent any “mishap” at the event.
“Strengthening security can be seen as a measure to prevent mishaps over the party congress,” said Cheong Joon-hee, a spokesman at South Korea’s Unification Ministry, according to The Mirror.
At the 7th Party Congress, which starts on May 6 and is expected to last four to five days, the 33-year-old is set to talk and praise North Korea’s recent missile tests.
He will also declare North Korea as a nuclear state as well as touching base on his plans for the nation’s economy.
Thousands of delegates and security forces from across North Korea will also be traveling to Pyongyang to pay homage to Kim, who will further strengthen his power, Fox News reported.
According to The Daily NK, anyone arrested before the Workers’ Party of Korea Congress, will be considered a political criminal, and punished accordingly.
“Patrols by the Ministry of People’s Security have teamed up with inminban [people’s units, a type of neighborhood watch] to visit not only the houses of ordinary people, but also hotel and motel rooms to check the identification of those staying in temporary lodgings,” according to a source in South Pyongang Province.
Moreover, the Congress will be the first in 36 years. In 1980, Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, became North Korea’s official successor to the state’s founder, Kim Il-sung.