Monday, September 20, 2010

North Korea ruling party to meet September 28

North Korea's ruling party will host its largest meeting in decades on September 28 to pick new leadership, the official Korean Central News Agency has just reported.

"The conference of the WPK for electing its supreme leadership body will take place in Pyongyang on Sept. 28," KCNA reported the Worker's Party of Korea said.

The party has not convened its delegates in decades, and speculation that North Korea's political leaders are working to set the stage for a possible handover of power from Kim Jong Il to his youngest son Kim Jong-Un is widespread.

With Kim Jong-Il now 68, and in poor health after suffering a stroke, analysts believe succession plans have accelerated.

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