North Korea held a massive celebration rehearsal for its biggest political conference in 30 years, a news report said, amid predictions that leader Kim Jong Il would use the meeting to give a key ruling party position to one of his sons.
The Workers' Party meeting is its first gathering since its 1980 congress where Kim Jong Il was confirmed as North Korea's next leader. He eventually took over power in 1994 when his father Kim Il Sung died of heart failure in communism's first hereditary transfer of power.
Pyongyang's state media have reported that the country's major provinces and cities have completed electing delegates to take part in the meeting but it remains unclear when it will take place.
Report: NKorea ready for major party conference [Washington Post, 5 September 2010]