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    South Korean National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-jin (2nd L), South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo (L), Secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea Kim Yang Gon (R), and Hwang Pyong-so (2nd R), the top military aide to the North's leader Kim Jong Un, talk during the inter-Korean high-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas, in this picture provided by the Unification Ministry and released by Yonhap on August 25, 2015

    N Korea to Convene Supreme Assembly Ahead of Talks With S Korea - Reports

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    TOKYO (Sputnik) - North Korea will convene a meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), the country's legislative body, on April 11 in Pyongyang, just weeks ahead of the planned high-level summits with South Korea and the United States, the North’s state media said on Thursday.

    According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), this will be the sixth session of the country's 13th assembly and the first session after Pyongyang expressed readiness to compromise over its nuclear program, and have talks with Seoul and Washington.

    The Assembly deals with issues like the national budget, judicial changes as well as personnel policy in state bodies, and it convenes once or twice a year.

    The agenda for the upcoming session has not been disclosed.

    READ MORE: ‘Truly Unprecedented': High Level Inter-Korean Talks See Promising Start

    Tensions on the Korean Peninsula escalated in 2017 after North Korea conducted several ballistic missile launches and a nuclear test in violation of UN resolutions. The situation significantly de-escalated before the Winter Olympics, held this year in South Korea’s Pyeongchang, with North Korean athletes having been allowed to compete at the Games.

    This undated file photo distributed on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, by the North Korean government, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, second from right, at an undisclosed location in North Korea
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    On March 5-6, a high-ranking South Korean delegation visited North Korea for talks with country's leader Kim Jong Un. After the delegation's return, the South Korean presidential office announced that Seoul and Pyongyang had reached a historic agreement on holding the third ever summit of the countries’ leaders in late April.

    South Korean diplomats later delivered a message from Kim to US President Donald Trump, in which the former expressed his willingness to hold direct talks. Trump has accepted the invitation to meet with Kim by the end of May.


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