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Kim re-elected chair of highest decision making body

IANS  |  Pyongyang 

North Korean leader was re-elected as of the highest decision-making body in the country at a major parliamentary meeting during which members of the team that manages talks with the US were also reappointed, said on Friday.

As expected, Kim was re-elected as of the during the first session of the new Supreme People's Assembly, the country's legislature, held on Thursday, news quoted the Korean (KCNA) as saying.

Kim was first elected of this commission in June 2016, when this body was originally created.

In turn, Kim Jae-ryong, a senior party official, was appointed of the cabinet, replacing Pak Pong-ju, according to

Choe Ryong-hae, who during the first years of Kim Jong-un's term was considered the number two in the regime, replaces veteran Kim Yong-nam, aged 91, as of the Presidium of the of North Korea, a position had held since 1998.

The main and one of the heads of North Korean intelligence, Kim Yong-chol, maintained his position in the State Affairs Commission, as well as another key figure in the denuclearization talks,

Some analysts had pointed to the possibility that, after the failure of the summit, would opt to change these delegates.

But the leader has kept them in their positions or supported their promotion, as has happened with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Choe Son-hui, who was elected for the first time as a member of the at the parliamentary meeting on Thursday.

The disagreement in revolved around the number of North Korean arms assets to be dismantled - in addition to nuclear weapons, advocated that also dismantle and biological missiles and weapons - and the volume of sanctions on the regime that the US would alleviate as a corresponding measure.

considered insufficient what was offered by Pyongyang, as it called for the lifting of many sanctions in exchange for disabling its Yongbyon nuclear research centre.

The North Korean parliamentary session coincided with the summit held in by South Korean Moon Jae-in and his US counterpart, Donald Trump, in which they stressed the need to keep the dialogue alive despite the setback in

Trump was open to reaching "small deals" with which do not necessarily have to do with denuclearization, but he remained firm in his refusal to make economic concessions to



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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 11:38 IST