North Korean leader says purge was a cleansing of 'filth'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Unmade his first reference to the execution of his powerful unclein a New Year's address, saying the reclusive state's rulingparty had become stronger after it was purged of "factionalfilth."

And as he called for better relations with South Korea, hewarned that another war on the Korean peninsula would cause amassive nuclear disaster that would hit the United States.

Kim, the third generation of his family to rule North Korea,did not refer by name to his uncle Jang Song Thaek, who wasexecuted last month in a rare public purge for crimes againstthe ruling Workers' Party and harming national interest.

"Our party took a firm measure to get rid of factional filththat permeated the party," Kim said in a broadcast on statetelevsion that appeared to be pre-recorded, without showing ifhe was speaking to an audience.

"Our unity strengthened hundredfold and party andrevolutionary lines became more solid by purging the anti-partyand anti-revolutionary faction," Kim said.

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