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. North Korea's parliament convenes postponed session this month
SEOUL (AFP) Apr 01, 2005
North Korea said Friday its postponed parliamentary session would be convened this month, amid growing pressure on the Stalinist country to give up its nuclear weapons programme.

The third session of the 11th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) will be convened on April 11, the country's official Korean Central News Agency said in a brief dispatch.

The North's legislature convenes irregularly once or twice a year, but the enigmatic state abruptly called off a scheduled session last month.

South Korean newspapers speculated the delay could be related to an outbreak of deadly bird flu, which prompted a massive culling at major chicken farms in Pyongyang last month.

The SPA is the highest organ of state power. In practice it serves only to ratify decisions made by the ruling Korean Workers' Party.

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