NKorea parliament holding closely watched session

AP News
Posted: Sep 24, 2012 11:25 PM
NKorea parliament holding closely watched session

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament is convening a new session that is drawing attention because it is the second in less than six months.

The 687-member Supreme People's Assembly gathers Tuesday in the North Korean capital.

Under late leader Kim Jong Il, parliament convened only once a year in the spring. Tuesday's session would be the second since his son and successor Kim Jong Un took power, but no details of its purpose have been released.

Sessions are convened to approve new laws or policy changes, and to elect or recall officials appointed to top state organizations. Kim Jong Un was elected to lead the National Defense Commission at the last session in April.

No details are expected until state media releases the outcome of the session.