N. Korea's parliament to meet in rare second session

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 18, 2010 11:03

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea will convene a rare second parliamentary session in early June, the communist country announced Tuesday amid rising tensions over speculation that the regime may have torpedoed a South Korean warship in March.

No reason for the second session was given, but analysts said it might be related to high tension over the sunken ship, supreme leader Kim Jong Il's recent trip to China or his moves to groom his son as eventual successor.

The North Korean Supreme People's Assembly usually meets one day each year to approve bills vetted by the ruling Workers' Party. This year, the rubber-stamp parliament met in April and discussed plans for economic development, the state budget and constitutional revisions.

On Tuesday, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch that the parliament will meet again in Pyongyang on June 7. The dispatch gave no further details.


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