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North Korea to convene Parliament next month

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SEOUL — North Korea said Wednesday that it would convene its Parliament this month, an unusual session that South Korean analysts said might officially introduce a program by the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un, to revitalize the North’s economy.

Since taking over the leadership after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in December, the younger Kim has repeatedly stressed the need to improve the living standards of his impoverished people. He said in April, during his first speech, that he would ensure that North Koreans would ‘‘never have to tighten their belts again.’’

Since July, various news reports in South Korea have quoted anonymous sources in the North as saying that Kim Jong Un planned to give factories and collective farms incentives aimed at increasing productivity.

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