N.Korea to convene parliament on Wednesday

13 April, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • N. Korea to Hold Supreme People's Assembly Wednesday

" If the U.S.is not willing to accept some compromise, China can easily restart its assistance to North Korea, thus reducing the impact of the worldwide sanctions regime".

An official from the Blue House said it considers denuclearisation "the most urgent issue" in the meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Song Tao, the head of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee's global department, will lead the mission.

The festival, which takes place every two years, is slated to be held between April 11 and 17 in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun - a yearly holiday celebrating the anniversary of the birth of North Korea's founding President Kim Il Sung.

Song had visited Pyongyang late previous year to brief officials about the party's October congress.




Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi held bilateral talks with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on April 3.

Baik Tae-hyun, a spokesman for South Korea's unification ministry, said Seoul believes the Chinese delegation's trip is "part of the efforts to strengthen friendly cultural exchanges between North Korea and China following their summit".

North Korea's all-female Moranbong Band abruptly canceled a planned performance in Beijing in 2015 and returned home amid reports that China complained about the North's plan to show footage of Pyongyang's development of a hydrogen bomb on stage.

"Hopefully, it'll be a relationship that's much different than it's been for many, many years."
For China, the Xi-Kim summit apparently helped highlight Beijing's leverage over the North in resolving the North's nuclear standoff.

Although Kim Jong-un's attendance is not mandatory, he has at times given speeches at the event. "It seems that the North-China relations are fast normalizing", said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies.

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