North Korea’s Ruling Party Plans Rare Conference in April

Posted February 20th, 2012 at 3:50 am (UTC-5)
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North Korea has announced that its ruling party will hold a special conference in April in an apparent move to confirm the third generation of the Kim dynastic rule.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency said Monday the meeting would “glorify the sacred revolutionary life and feats” of late leader Kim Jong Il and rally around “great successor” Kim Jong Un, his son.

The meeting will be the first since September 2010, when Kim Jong Un made his public debut as his father's successor by being named vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. That conference was the first in 30 years.

Experts say the April conference may promote Kim Jong Un to a higher party post. It will take place close to the 100th anniversary of the birth of the country's late founder, Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Un's grandfather.