N.Korean Parliament to Meet for 2nd Time This Year
North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly convenes for the second time this year on Sept. 25, the state-run KCNA news agency reported on Wednesday. It did not say what will be discussed. The first meeting took place in April.
The rubber-stamp parliament met twice a year in the days of nation founder Kim Il-sung but only once a year since Kim Jong-il officially took power in 1998, except in 2003 and 2010.
There is speculation that the National Defense Commission, the top decision-making body under Kim Jong-il, will be restructured to reflect recent changes, according to Ryu Dong-ryeol at the Police Science Institute. Former army chief Ri Yong-ho was
gunned down purged in July by rival Choe Ryong-hae.
Perhaps Choe will be promoted to vice chairman of the NDC and old guards like vice chairmen Ri Yong-mu (87), O Kuk-ryol (82) and Kim Yong-chun (76) and NDC member Ju Kyu-chang (84) put on the scrap heap.
Or they'll just be shot, if they haven't been already...
Any void could be filled by Kim Yong-chol, the head of the General Reconnaissance Bureau who is in charge of anti-South Korean operations, and new army chief Hyon Yong-chol.
Posted by: Steve White