April 12, 2018 12:44
North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament convened on Wednesday, weeks ahead of summits with South Korea and the U.S.
Leader Kim Jong-un has attended six out of the eight Supreme People's Assembly sessions that were held since he came to power but was absent this time. They are usually brief and wave through the current national agenda.
On Monday, Kim attended a Politburo meeting that mentioned the upcoming summits, so they were probably also on the agenda in the parliamentary meeting.
The Supreme People's Assembly also confirms the appointment of key officials, and Wednesday's meeting came just after a reshuffle at the top that saw Choe Ryong-hae cement his status as Kim's right-hand man.
Meanwhile, Choe made no mention of the North's nuclear weapons during a recent Workers Party meeting marking the sixth anniversary of Kim's rise to power.
The official Rodong Sinmun daily carried a front-page editorial hailing Kim's achievements but also made no reference to nuclear weapons development.
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