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2007/06/07 10:41 KST
NORTH KOREA THIS WEEK NO. 452 (June 7, 2007)

*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from May 31 to June 6, 2007.

  
May
31 An event marking World No-Tobacco Day takes place at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   31 Janchivdorjyn Lomvo, Mongolian ambassador to the DPRK (North Korea) and officials of his embassy help farmers with rice-transplanting work at the DPRK-Mongolia Friendship Jongbang Co-op Farm in Pyongyang.

   31 Wreaths are laid before the grave of Ri Po-ik, a great-grandmother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, in Mangyongdae, Pyongyang, on the occasion of the 131st anniversary of her birth.

   31 A meeting takes place to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Pyongyang Sinmun, a newspaper founded by the late President Kim Il-sung on June 1, 1957.

   31 The Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory, located in the suburb west of Pyongyang, is commissioned.

  
June
1 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the DPRK Cabinet released a decision on adopting regulations of passenger insurance, citing the Minju Joson, the organ of the Cabinet.

   1 A friendly joint gathering of (North) Korean and foreign children and women in Pyongyang is held at the Mangyongdae Funfair in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 57th observance of International Children's Day.

   1 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with the delegation of the Bundestag of Germany led by its member Hartmut Koschyk, chairman of the German-DPRK Parliamentary Friendship Group, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   1 Kim Jong-il sends a congratulatory message to Bashar al Assad, regional secretary of Syria's Baath Arab Socialist Party, on his reelection as president of the Syrian Arab Republic.

   1 A performance is given by the central art group of the Union of Agricultural Workers of (North) Korea in Pochonbo, Ryanggang Province, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of victory in the Pochonbo battle, which Pyongyang says was led by Kim Il-sung during the Japanese colonial period.

   1 The 21st Inter-Korean ministerial talks, which started in Seoul on May 29, ends without any concrete agreement for resumption of rice aid to the North.

   1 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave on-the-spot guidance on preservation of revolutionary sites in the city of Kanggye, Jagang Province, bordering China.

   2 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Giorgio Napolitano, president of the Republic of Italy, on its national day.

   2 Vice Marshal of the (North) Korean People's Army Kim Il-chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces, meets with an Angolan military delegation led by Kundi Paihama, minister of defense.

   2 A delegation of the National Assembly of Vietnam led by Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu, chairperson of its Committee for Social Affairs, arrives in Pyongyang.

   2 Kim Jong-il sends a message to Hu Jintao, president of China, expressing condolences over the death of Huang Ju, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice premier of the State Council, from an illness.

   2 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Bashar Al-Assad on his reelection as president of Syria.

   2 A reception is hosted by the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces for the Angolan military delegation visiting the DPRK.

   3 The KCNA says Premier Kim Yong-il sent a message to Wen Jiabao, premier of the State Council of China, expressing condolences over the death of Huang Ju.

   3 The Angolan military delegation lays a wreath at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt. Taesong in Pyongyang.

   3 A national meeting to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Pochonbo battle is held in front of the Monument to the Victorious Battle of Pochonbo in Hyesan, Ryanggang Province.

   3 North Korea defeats Australia 2-0 in a regional women's football qualifier for the 29th Olympic games at the Yanggakdo Football Stadium in Pyongyang.

   3 The KCNA says the book "Great Man and His Friends" (Vols. 1 and 2), containing data on the external activities by Kim Il-sung among heads of parties, heads of state and public figures of many foreign countries, including anecdotes and personal details, has recently been published by the Kumsong Youth Publishing House.

   3-4 Officials of the party, armed forces and power organs of the DPRK visit the revolutionary battle sites and revolutionary sites in the area of Mt. Paektu on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Pochonbo battle, the KCNA says.
4 The KCNA says the DPRK government will make continued efforts to expand and develop South-South cooperation with developing countries under the banner of collective self-reliance, quoting the DPRK delegate who made a speech at the 15th Session of the U.N. High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation on May 30.

   4 Baskets of flowers are placed before the statues of Kim Il-sung in different parts of the country on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Pochonbo battle, the KCNA says.

   4 Talks between a delegation of the SPA and a delegation of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam are held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   4 The Sports Contest for Pochonbo Torch Cup opens at the Hyesan Stadium.

   4 The KCNA says the 70th anniversary of the Pochonbo battle was celebrated across the country with art performances at theatres in Pyongyang and local areas.

   4 A torchlight procession and a bonfire gathering are held by youths and students in Pochonbo to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Pochonbo battle.

   5 The military delegation of Angola led by Minister of Defense Kundi Paihama leaves the country.

   5 The KCNA quotes Jong Hyong-il, a department director in the Ministry of Land and Environment Preservation, as saying that the DPRK is conducting varied activities in accordance with the world trend for preventing global warming on the occasion of World Environment Day.

   5 An agreement of the 46th meeting of the Cooperation Committee of the Korea-China Border River Navigation is inked in Pyongyang.

   5 The delegation of the DPRK led by Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, returns home after visiting Nigeria.

   5 The KCNA says a new stamp has been issued in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Pochonbo battle.

   5 Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling WPK, meets with Cuban Ambassador to the DPRK Ruben Perez Valdes when the latter paid a farewell call on him.

   5 A delegation of officials of the WPK headed by Secretary of the Pyongyang City Committee of the WPK Kim Jin-ha leaves Pyongyang to visit China.

   5 A friendship delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by Secretary of the Gansu Provincial Committee of the CPC Lu Hao arrives in Pyongyang.

   5 Wreaths are laid before the statue of Kim Hyong-jik, Kim Jong-il's grandfather, in Ponghwa-ri, Kangdong County, and at his grave in Mangyongdae in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of his death, the KCNA says.

   5 An event takes place at Changdok School to observe World Environment Day.

   5 Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, and officials of his embassy help farmers of the DPRK-China Friendship Thaekam Co-op Farm in Sunan district carry out transplantation of rice.

   6 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Carl XVI Gustaf, king of Sweden, on the occasion of its national day.

   6 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Norwegian Ambassador to the DPRK Didrik Tonseth at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   6 An international environmental workshop which was held at the People's Palace of Culture from June 3 under the co-sponsorship of the Pyongyang International New Technology and Economic Information Center, the DPRK Ministry of Land and Environment Preservation and the Environmental Education Media Project, whose office is in China, comes to an end.

   6 Ceremonies of accession to the (North) Korean Children's Union take place in different parts of the country on the occasion of its 61st anniversary.

   6 Choe Thae-bok meets with a delegation of the National Assembly of Vietnam led by Nguyen Thi Hoai Thu, chairperson of its Committee for Social Affairs, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   6 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il, along with with KPA servicepersons, enjoyed a performance given by art groups made up of family members of servicemen in Unit 313, Unit 757 and Unit 593 of the KPA that participated in the 10th contest among art groups of servicemen's families.

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