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N.Korea holds key parliamentary meeting without Kim

IANS  |  Seoul 

North held the annual session of the (SPA) without its Kim Jong-un, reported on Thursday.

The sixth session of the 13th took place on Wednesday, ahead of the inter-Korean summit on April 27, which generated public expectation that Kim might share his comments on the matter during the meeting, news reported.

The SPA, the country's highest legislative organ, is in charge of endorsing decisions made by the of the Workers' Party of (WPK). Although Kim's attendance is not mandatory, he has at times given speeches at the event.

The North Korean leader has attended six of the nine SPA sessions since he came to power in 2011.

The state media, however, did not put Kim on the list of the meeting's attendees, among which were Kim Yong-nam, of the SPA Presidium, and Choe Ryong-hae, the number-two leader of

The parliamentary session discussed the five-year strategy for the economic development designed by Kim in 2016, to which KCNA commented that "the DPRK made great progress", in implementing the plan.



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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 09:14 IST