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North Korea convening parliament for second time under Kim

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Oct. 10, 2010: In this file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il's son Kim Jong Un attends a massive military parade marking the 65th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP)

North Korea is planning an unusual second parliamentary session of the year later this month in the latest sign that leader Kim Jong Un may be running the country differently that his late father.

State media said Wednesday that the Supreme People's Assembly will gather Sept. 25 in the capital, Pyongyang. The official Korean Central News Agency provided no other details, but sessions typically are convened to approve personnel changes and the nation's budget and fiscal plans.

Parliament last gathered in April, where legislators elected Kim as head of the National Defense Committee to succeed his father, Kim Jong Il.

During Kim Jong Il's 17-year rule, the parliament typically met once a year. However, under his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the parliament often convened twice a year.