Speaking at the ruling party's 75th-anniversary events, the North Korean leader expressed hopes to "hold hands" with South Korea again.

Iran Press/Asia: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un also thanked DPRK citizens for "zero" cases of COVID-19 and even shed tears over soldiers' hard work on recent flood recovery projects.

Addressing the nation in a rare speech aired on state television Saturday night, Kim exuded a soft exterior while striking a balance between boasts and honest apologies to the people.

He also said that he wishes South Korea a quick recovery over COVID-19 and that he hopes the North and South can "hold hands" sometime in the near future. 

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