S. Korea to keep close eye on N.K. parliamentary meeting

07-Apr-2020 Intellasia | YNA | 6:02 AM Print This Post

South Korea will keep a close eye on an upcoming meeting of North Korea’s rubber-stamp legislature, the unification ministry said Monday, amid speculation that the communist nation could use the session to unveil a message to the United States.

The North’s Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) is scheduled to meet on Friday. The meeting is drawing attention as the North appears to have created a new foreign ministry position tasked with handling negotiations with the US, raising speculation that Pyongyang could announce a message to the US at the meeting.

The first session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly, North Korea's parliament, takes place in Pyongyang on April 11, 2019 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was re-elected as chairman of the country's top decision-making body, the State Affairs Commission, at the meeting. (Yonhap)

The first session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly, North Korea’s parliament, takes place in Pyongyang on April 11, 2019 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was re-elected as chairman of the country’s top decision-making body, the State Affairs Commission, at the meeting. (Yonhap)

“We will keep an eye on it,” Yoh Sang-key, the unification ministry’s spokesperson, said in a press briefing in response to a question about whether he expects such a message. “We cannot predict what issues will be dealt with at the session.”

North Korea usually holds such a meeting once in April every year to address the country’s major policies, personnel reshuffles and budget affairs. Last year, the North held SPA meetings twice in April and August.

This week’s gathering also comes as North Korea is making all-out efforts to block the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus from spreading onto its soil.

The North has not reported any confirmed COVID-19 virus infections, but speculation persists that it might be concealing an outbreak that is possibly spiralling out of control.

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