North Korea amends constitution to solidify Kim Jong Un's rule

North Korea amends constitution to solidify Kim Jong Un's rule”

It also put him on figurative par with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and other world leaders such as President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin-all of with whom he has met as part of an ambitious diplomatic campaign unprecedented for the elusive, nuclear-armed nation.

Background: With the 2020 US electoral cycle heating up and potentially closing the window for a breakthrough deal, North Korea is approaching a self-imposed deadline at the end of 2019 on whether to proceed with USA denuclearization talks.

The head of the presidium of the supreme people's assembly had historically been the nominal head of state.

But the new constitution said Kim, as chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC), a top governing body created in 2016, was the supreme representative of all the Korean people, as well as "commander-in-chief".

The plenary of the Supreme People's Assembly approved "some amendments and supplements to the Socialist Constitution", according to the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), including the status of the chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC), a position held by Kim, Efe news reported.

Kim's absence could be understood in this sense too, North Korea watchers said, as he usually do not appear on a SPA session when it only announces some minor administrative or legislative policies.

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"Cheong Seong-chang, an analyst at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, said the alterations" further ensured Kim's one-man principle in total domestic affairs".

A third-generation hereditary leader, Kim rules North Korea with an iron fist and the change will mean little to the way he wields power.

Jong-un was under 30 when he inherited power in late 2011 upon the death of his father, Kim Jong-il.

Should Ri avoid visiting NY then an important opportunity for rekindling U.S. -DPRK working-level talks, promised since June's sudden summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, could subsequently be missed.

He also said that Kim Jong-un is likely to expand his diplomatic activities with the new right to appoint ambassadors that used to belong to the SPA Presidium.

The Europeans are picking "an unreasonable quarrel with us over our measures for developing conventional weapons, while deliberately turning their faces away from the military exercises and the introduction of latest lethal weapons in South Korea", said Gong.

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