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2007/10/04 16:52 KST
NORTH KOREA THIS WEEK NO. 468 (October 4, 2007)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Sept. 20 - Oct. 3, 2007.

  
September
20 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic ties between the governments of the DPRK (North Korea) and the United Arab Emirates was made public in New York on Sept. 17.

   20 The KCNA says Ri Chan-ho was appointed as DPRK ambassador e.p. to Nigeria, according to a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA).

   20 A DPRK delegation led by Vice Foreign Minister Choe Su-hon leaves Pyongyang to participate in the 62nd session of the U.N. General Assembly.

   20 Saaeed Eleia Dawood, director of the Organizational Department of Syria's Baath Arab Socialist Party, arrives in Pyongyang.

   20 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with new Cuban Ambassador to the DPRK Jose Manuel Galego Montano who paid a courtesy call on him.

   20 The 35th plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the Kimilsung Socialist Youth League is held in Hamhung.

   21 The KCNA says new cable cars started operating on Mt. Paektu between Paektu Station and Hyangdo Station on the peak of the mountain under Mt. Paektu Revolutionary Battle Site Cableway Management Office.

   21 The KCNA says downpours from Typhoon Wipha traveling from Shandong Peninsula of China to the north of the West Sea of Korea hit the DPRK for consecutive days from Sept. 18.

   21 The Cabinet of the DPRK hosts a reception for judoka Kye Sun-hui, who won the women's 57-kg championship at the 2007 World Judo Championships.

   21 Choe Thae-bok, SPA chairman, concurrently secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), has talks with Saaeed Eleia Dawood in Pyongyang.

   22 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il appreciated a performance given by the visiting State Academic Moiseyev Dance Company of Russia.

   22 Kim Yong-nam, president of SPA Presidium, meets with Saaeed Eleia Dawood at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   22 The KCNA says a joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic ties between the governments of the DPRK and Swaziland was made public in New York on Sept. 20.

   24 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected the stock-breeding base of KPA Unit 757.

   24 The KCNA says rainstorms triggered by Typhoon Wipha from Sept. 18-21 hit the DPRK again, inflicting heavy damage to various economic sectors.

   25 Wreaths are laid at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt. Taesong and the Patriotic Martyrs Cemetery on the occasion of the full-moon day, Chusok.

   25 The KCNA says wreaths are laid at the graves of Kim Po-hyon, Ri Po-ik, Kim Hyong-jik and Kang Pan-sok, who are all ancestors of Kim Jong-il, in Mangyongdae in Pyongyang on the occasion of the full moon day.

   25 A delegation of the DPRK headed by Kim Kye-gwan, vice minister of foreign affairs, leaves Pyongyang by air to participate in the six-party talks starting in Beijing on Sept. 27.

   25 A delegation of Kimilsung Higher Party School led by Deputy Director Sin Yong-hun leaves Pyongyang by air to visit China.

   25 A delegation of the (North) Korean Democratic Women's Union, led by Vice Chairwoman of its Central Committee Ro Song-sil, flies to Switzerland for a visit.

   26 The KCNA says the Academy of Social Sciences has recently published a book, "Story about Tok Island". The territory, also called Dokdo, is a set of South Korean islets in the East Sea that Japan also claims as its own.

   26 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, meets with Jose Manuel Galego Montano, new Cuban ambassador e.p. to the DPRK who paid a courtesy call on him, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   27 Vice Premier Ro Tu-chol meets with Jose Manuel Galego Montano, new Cuban ambassador e.p. to the DPRK who paid a courtesy call on him, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   27 The KCNA says a joint communique on establishing diplomatic ties between the governments of the DPRK and the Dominican Republic was made public in New York on Sept. 24.

   27 The (North) Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and the Central Committee of the DPRK-China Friendship Association host a reception at Yanggakdo International Hotel on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

   28 The KCNA says a joint communique on the establishment of diplomatic ties between the DPRK and the Republic of Guatemala was made public in New York on Sept. 26.

   28 The KCNA says the SPA Presidium on Sept. 19 promulgated a decree on instituting a medal to commemorate waterway projects.

   28 The KCNA says the DPRK and Russia have jointly published new stamps, featuring the words "Joint Publication by DPRK and Russian Federation" and world-famous flowers with mountains and a river in the background.

   28 Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador e.p. to the DPRK, hosts a reception at Yanggakdo International Hotel on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of China.

   29 A delegation of the State Maritime Supervision Bureau of the DPRK led by Its Vice-Director Jon Ki-chol leaves Pyongyang to participate in the 83rd meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization, to be held in Denmark.

   30 Kim Jong-il together with Kim Yong-nam and Premier Kim Yong-il send a message of greetings to President of China Hu Jintao, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress Wu Bangguo and Premier of the State Council Wen Jiabao on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of China.

  
October
1 Pak Ui-chun meets with British Ambassador e.p. to the DPRK John Everard who paid a courtesy call on him.

   2 The KCNA says the Biological Faculty of Kimhyongjik University of Education has succeeded in research of mass-proliferating the Rana temporaria ornativentris, which belongs to edible frog family.

   2 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Horst Kohler, president of the Federal Republic of Germany, on the occasion of its national day.

   2 Kim Jong-il greets South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun, who arrived in Pyongyang by car from Seoul for the second-ever inter-Korean summit.

   2 The DPRK delegation headed by Kim Kye-gwan returns home after participating in the six-party talks held in Beijing from Sept. 27-30.

   2 South Korea's first lady Kwon Yang-suk and some members from the South's delegation visit the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang.

   2 Talks are held between South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Yong-nam at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   2 Kim Yong-nam and Pak Kwan-o, chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee, host a banquet at the Mokran House in honor of President Roh and his party.

   3 Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong-il hold summit talks in Pyongyang for in-depth discussions on measures to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and cross-border economic cooperation.

   3 Kim Jong-il receives gifts from Roh Moo-hyun.

   3 Some members of South Korean delegation accompanying first lady Kwon Yang-suk visit the Korean Central History Museum.

   3 Roundtable talks among representatives of the two Koreas from different fields are held in Pyongyang.

   3 Roh Moo-hyun attends the "Arirang" gymnastic and artistic performance at May Day Stadium.

   3 Roh Moo-hyun hosts a banquet at the People's Palace of Culture.

   3 A joint statement for the latest round of six-nation talks on ending North Korea's nuclear ambition is released.

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