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N.K. convenes key parliamentary meeting, attended by leader Kim

All Headlines 23:20 April 11, 2017

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea on Tuesday convened a key parliamentary meeting, attended by its leader Kim Jong-un, Pyongyang's state media said, amid heightened tension over its possible nuclear and missile provocations.

Clad in a Mao-style suit, Kim attended the fifth session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), according to the country's state-run TV broadcaster.

The SPA, North Korea's legislative body, is the highest organ of state power under the constitution, but it actually rubber-stamps decisions by more powerful organizations, such as the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).

Agenda items discussed included the election of the SPA's foreign affairs committee, it said, without unveiling details.

It marked Kim's sixth time attending the SPA meeting since he assumed power in late 2011. Under his leadership, the country has held eight parliamentary plenary sessions.

sooyeon@yna.co.kr
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