N Korea's parliament convenes to approve national agenda

Kono asks Moon to discuss abductions with Kim

Kono asks Moon to discuss abductions with Kim

North Korea's parliament has met to rubber-stamp Kim Jong Un's policies, but the leader himself was conspicuously absent as he prepares for two key summits with South Korea and the US.

"The Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea will warmly welcome the artists of the friendly neighboring country and specially greet them", it said.

The sixth session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly took place on Wednesday, ahead of the inter-Korean leader summit on April 27, which generated public expectation that Kim might share his comments on the matter during the meeting, Efe news reported.

Leader Kim Jong-un has attended six out of the eight Supreme People's Assembly sessions that were held since he came to power but was absent this time.

North Korea has told the United States it is prepared to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula when Mr Kim meets Mr Trump, a USA official told Reuters on Sunday.

Speakers at the meeting touched on the North's economic strides in the past year, adding that the state budget had been used "exactly", KCNA said, without specifying the total figure.

Cyber Anakin also claims to have hacked the website for the United States branch of the Korean Friendship Association, a pro-regime group that publishes pro-Pyongyang articles and promotes holidays in North Korea.

US President Donald Trump has said he will likely meet Kim in May or early June.

"He is sacrificing those people's lives and many people in South Korea are very angry", he said.

An error on a state-run North Korean website means that users can click through to a Twitter account attacking the government.

Last year, South Korea's spy agency said his apparent punishment was orchestrated by rival Choe Ryong Hae, who now serves as a vice chairman of the State Affairs Commission and took a high-profile role in Wednesday's assembly.

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