North Korea’s state media says the regime’s
rubberstamp parliament will be meeting later this month for a second time in a single year,
which observers say is rare. The most recent meeting was back in April. In that meeting, the Supreme People’s Assembly
re-elected Kim Jong-un as the regime’s leader and representative, replaced the Cabinet and
revised the constitution. The meeting this month could be meant to deal
with North Korea’s five-year economic plan, due next year, and its foreign policy goals,
including its denuclearization talks with the U.S.