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SECTION 4. THE PRESIDIUM OF THE SUPREME PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY


Article 112.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly is the highest organ of State power when the Supreme People’s Assembly is not in session.

Article 113.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly consists of the President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary and members.

Article 114.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly may have a few Honorary Vice-Presidents.
Honorary Vice-Presidents of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly may be deputies to the Supreme People’s Assembly who have participated in the work of State building for a long time and rendered distinguished service.

Article 115.

The term of office of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly is the same as that of the Supreme People’s Assembly.
The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly continues its work until a new Presidium is elected, even after the term of the Supreme People’s Assembly expires.

Article 116.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly has the following duties and authority to:

  1. convene sessions of the Supreme People’s Assembly;
  2. deliberate and adopt the new draft bills and regulations and amendments and supplements to the current laws and regulations raised in the intervals between sessions of the Supreme People’s Assembly and obtain the approval of the next session of the Supreme People’s Assembly for major laws which are adopted and enforced;
  3. deliberate and approve the State plan for the development of the national economy, the State budget and plans for their adjustment raised for unavoidable reasons in the intervals between sessions of the Supreme People’s Assembly;
  4. interpret the Constitution as well as current laws and regulations;
  5. supervise law observance by the State organs and take relevant measures;
  6. rescind the decisions and directives of State bodies which run counter to the Constitution, laws, ordinances and decisions of the Supreme People’s Assembly, orders of the First Chairman of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the decisions and directives of the National Defence Commission, and the decrees, decisions and directives of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, and suspend the implementation of unwarranted decisions of local People’s Assemblies;
  7. conduct the election of deputies to the Supreme People’s Assembly and organize the elections of deputies to the local People’s Assemblies;
  8. work with the deputies to the Supreme People’s Assembly;
  9. work with the Committees of the Supreme People’s Assembly;
  10. set up or abolish Commissions and Ministries of the Cabinet;
  11. appoint or remove Vice-Premiers, Chairmen, Ministers and other members of the Cabinet on the recommendation of the Premier of the Cabinet when the Supreme People’s Assembly is not in session;
  12. appoint or remove members of Committees of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly;
  13. elect or recall the Judges and People’s Assessors of the Supreme Court;
  14. approve or nullify treaties concluded with other countries;
  15. decide and make public the appointment or recall of diplomatic representatives to other countries;
  16. institute decorations, medals, titles of honour and diplomatic ranks and confer decorations, medals and titles of honour;
  17. grant general amnesties;
  18. establish or alter administrative units and districts;
  19. conduct external activities including contacts with foreign parliaments and inter-parliamentary organizations.

Article 117.

The President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly organizes and guides the work of the Presidium.
The President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly represents the State and receives the credentials and letters of recall of diplomatic representatives accredited by foreign countries.

Article 118.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly convenes Plenary Meetings and Meetings of the Permanent Committee.
The Plenary Meeting consists of all the members. The Meeting of the Permanent Committee consists of the President, Vice-Presidents and Secretary.

Article 119.

The Plenary Meeting of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly deliberates and decides on important matters arising in fulfilling the duties of the Presidium and exercising its authority.
The Meeting of the Permanent Committee deliberates and decides on matters entrusted to it by the Plenary Meeting.

Article 120.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly issues decrees, decisions and directives.

Article 121.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly may have Committees to assist it in its work.

Article 122.

The Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly is accountable to the Supreme People’s Assembly.


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