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N Korea sets April 11 date for party conference

Last Updated: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:46

Pyongyang: North Korea`s ruling party has announced it will hold a political conference just before a controversial satellite launch.

The state-run Korean Central News Agency reported early Monday that the Workers` Party conference will be held o April 11 in Pyongyang.

North Korea`s new leader, Kim Jong Un, is expected to gain new titles at the conference.

The political gathering takes place just before the start of a five-day window when North Korea says it will launch a satellite into space on the back of a long-range rocket. Pyongyang says it`s part of celebrations marking late President Kim Il Sung`s 100th birthday.

The United States and other nations are pressuring Pyongyang to cancel the launch, saying it will be viewed as a cover for a long-range missile test.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 10:46

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