TE24 International Desk:
SEOUL – North Korea’s stamp assembly is expected to hold its next session in September to discuss new laws and other organizational matters.
State media reported on Monday. The exclusive State Council meets only once or twice a year, usually for a full day, to approve the ruling Labor Party’s budget and other decisions.
The seventh session of North Korea’s 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) will convene in Pyongyang on September 7, the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported. The session will discuss issues of adoption of Rural Social Development Act and Landscaping Act as well as organizational issues, he added.
Such meetings are closely watched by observers for changes in economic policy or reshuffle of senior officials. It is unclear whether Chairman Kim Jong-un will attend the next meeting. Kim did not attend the final session in February this year.
Under Kim, North Korea has rapidly advanced its weapons program and conducted a record-breaking blitz of tests, including the launch of a full-range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) for the first time since 2017.
A nuclear deterrent is deployed to speed up future military conflicts. with Washington and South Korea. Talks with the US have stalled since the 2019 summit between Kim and then-U.S.
President Donald Trump has broken down over sanctions relief and preparations for North Korea in return. The meeting was held as North Korea has not reported any new cases of Covid-19 fever in recent days.
Pyongyang claims that all those who fell ill since the Omicron outbreak in May have recovered. In a separate report, KCNA said North Korea will hold a national conference earlier this month to review achievements, experiences and lessons learned from the state’s emergency response operations.
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