Kim Jong Un has promised to expand North Korea’s military capabilities, state media reported on Thursday, even as the country faces international sanctions and pressure over its nuclear weapons programme. Al Jazeera reports that during the Eighth Party Congress, which is currently taking place at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang, Kim also discussed policies to make a “tangible turn in improving the people’s living standard,” a day after he admitted that previous economic goals had fallen short, saying the congress would comprehensively analyse “the experiences, lessons and mistakes […] made during the period under review”.