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Party Conference Scheduled for April 11

DPRK state media reported that the 4th Korean Workers’ Party Conference (Meeting of Party Representatives) will convene on 11 April (Wednesday), after provincial and ministerial party conferences completed electing delegates.  KCNA reports:

Meetings of the party committees of the Korean People’s Army, all the provinces (political bureau), cities (district) and counties were successfully held to elect delegates to the Fourth Conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK).

The meetings elected Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader of the WPK, state and army, as a delegate to the Fourth WPK Conference, reflecting the unanimous will and desire of all the party members, service personnel and people.

The meetings also elected officials and other working people who performed merits in strengthening the party and accomplishing the cause of the Juche revolution, the cause of songun revolution, as delegates to the WPK Conference.

The Fourth Conference of the WPK will take place in Pyongyang on April 11. The preparatory committee for the WPK Conference made it clear.

Yonhap reports:

North Korea will hold a key political conference next week, the country’s state media reported Monday, amid rising tensions over Pyongyang’s planned rocket launch.

The Workers’ Party will convene the conference in Pyongyang on April 11, the North’s official Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch.

The North has elected its leader Kim Jong-un as a delegate to the conference, “reflecting the unanimous will and desire of all the party members, service personnel and people,” the dispatch said.

The conference is expected to be closely watched by regional officials and analysts for Kim’s possible promotion to top posts held by his late father, Kim Jong-il.

The young leader, believed to be in his late 20s, has become the supreme commander of the 1.1 million-strong military as he took over the country following the death of his father in December.

The North is also scheduled to hold a separate parliamentary session on April 13, the first such meeting since the demise of Kim Jong-il.

The announcement comes as the communist country vowed repeatedly to go ahead with the long-range rocket launch in defiance of international warnings and pressure.

The North has claimed that the launch set for sometime between April 12 and 16 is designed to put an earth observation satellite into orbit.

Meanwhile a Swiss newspaper, citing one of his classmates, reports that KJU was routinely absent from class when he studied at the International School of Berne.  This may explain some previous reporting that KJU’s time in Berne as cloistered.

AFP reports:

Kim, who is 29, was absent for 75 days in his first year at the International School of Bern, according to Le Matin Dimanche, while in his second year, he missed 105 days of classes.

The boy, who was registered under the pseudonym Un Pak, was sometimes in school only in the afternoons, said the newspaper, quoting an unnamed former classmate.

Not surprisingly then that Kim failed natural sciences with 3.5 out of 6, and obtained a just minimum passing score of four for mathematics, culture and society and German.

Even in English, where he was placed in an advanced class before being downgraded to an average one, he obtained the minimum pass grade.

Only in music and technical studies did he obtain 5.

This was despite the fact that Kim, who was born January 8, 1983, was in a class of children mostly born in 1985 due to his poor level of German — the main language used in the Swiss capital Bern.


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  1. Pingback: Weekly News Brief – 4 April 2012 « NORTH KOREA NEWS BRIEF

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