Baku. 2 May. REPORT.AZ/ Kim Jong-un has banned all weddings and funerals in North Korea as he prepares to be crowned as the country's supreme leader at a rare ruling party congress.
Report informs citing the foreign media, the 33-year-old leader is expected to cement his leadership and formally declare the nation a nuclear-armed state at the first congress in a staggering 36 years.
Ahead of the meeting next week, North Korea has tightened security, with its capital, Pyongyang, placed on lockdown to avoid any 'mishap' at the event.
Weddings and funeral services have also been cancelled this week for security reasons, according to the Sunday Times.
"Strengthening security can be seen as a measure to prevent mishaps over the party congress," Cheong Joon-hee, spokesman at South Korea's Unification Ministry, which oversees dealings with the North, told a briefing.
North Korea has in the past taken such steps ahead of major events and has at times also shut down its border with China for the same reason, Cheong said.