N. Korea to hold first parliament session under new leader

By REUTERS
March 24, 2012 09:19

SEOUL - North Korea said on Saturday it will hold an annual parliamentary session next month during which the reclusive country's new young leader, Kim Jong-un, is expected to be appointed officially to top posts of the state.

The announcement by the North's state news agency that the session will be on April 13 came as concern grew over a decision by the North to launch a rocket next month marking the centenary of founder Kim Il-sung's birth.

The rocket launch, which the United States and other countries say is the same as a ballistic missile test, which is banned under UN resolutions, could coincide with the promotion of the young Kim to the top posts.

Even China, North Korea's main ally, has expressed its worry over the rocket launch, scheduled for between April 12 and April 16, and has urged the North to "stay calm and exercise restraint and avoid escalation."


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