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NKorea's parliament meets amid nuclear tension

8:24 AM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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SEOUL, South Korea  --  North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has gathered legislators for an annual spring parliamentary session.

Today's meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly comes a day after a declaration by Kim and top party officials that nuclear bomb building and a stronger economy are the nation's top priorities.

Today's gathering also follows near-daily threats from Pyongyang, including promises of nuclear strikes on South Korea and the U.S.

Meanwhile, the United States has sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to participate in annual war games with South Korea, and the new South Korean president has told her top military leaders to set aside political considerations and respond strongly should North Korea attack.

Analysts see a full-scale North Korean attack as unlikely and say the threats are more likely efforts to provoke softer policies toward Pyongyang from a new government in Seoul, to win diplomatic talks with Washington and to solidify the young North Korean leader's military credentials at home.

The Associated Press

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