N.Korea stays mum on much-anticipated parliamentary meeting

North Korea stayed mum on a much-anticipated meeting of the country’s rubber-stamp parliament on Monday, a day after it was supposed to take place, spawning speculation the event might have been delayed.

The 6th session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) was to be held Sunday to discuss issues that included the state budget and tasks for this year, but the state media did not report on the opening of the event as of Monday morning, reports Yonhap News Agency.

The North’s official media outlets, such as the Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper, usually report on the outcome of such a major political event the next morning.

The parliamentary session has been a focus of attention as a potential opportunity for the outside world to get a clue on the rregime’s policy directions after the North conducted a barrage of missile tests last month, including the launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) on January 30.

During the previous SPA session held in September, the North’s leader Kim Jong-un announced a decision to restore communication lines with South Korea as part of efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and achieve “durable peace” on the peninsula.

It’s not the first time the North has stayed silent a day after its planned opening of such a parliamentary meeting.

In April 2020, Pyongyang announced an SPA meeting was convened two days later than it was supposed to be held, without giving any explanations on the change of schedule.

The SPA is the highest organ of power under the North’s constitution, though it rubber-stamps decisions by the ruling party.

It usually holds a plenary session in March or April to deal mainly with budget and cabinet reshuffles.

But the North held an SPA session in January and another in September last year.




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