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2008/05/01 09:56 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 1 (May 1, 2008)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from April 24-30, 2008.

  
April
  24 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says an art performance was given by war veterans in Pyongyang at the Central Workers' Hall on April 23 to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the foundation of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   24 The KCNA says a ceremony to commission the Pyongyang Paeksan Cigarette Joint Venture Company was held there on April 23.

   24 The KCNA says the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces gave a reception for the military attaches corps in Pyongyang on April 23 on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the KPA's foundation.

   24 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was presented with a floral basket and a congratulatory message by the military attaches corps in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the foundation of the KPA.

   24 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with a delegation of the Secretariat of Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation of Libya, led by Secretary for Asian Affairs Mohamed Omar Albarani, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   24 A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry says a delegation of U.S. nuclear experts held negotiations with officials of the DPRK (North Korea) in Pyongyang from April 22 to 24.

   24 Kim Yong-nam, president of the SPA Presidium, meets with Rudolf Seiters, president of the German Red Cross, and his party visiting the DPRK at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   24 A national meeting is held to celebrate the 76th anniversary of the KPA's foundation at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang.

   24 A press briefing on the preparations for the Pyongyang leg of the torch relay for the 29th Olympiad is held at the Yanggakdo International Hotel of the DPRK.

   24 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, president of Tanzania, on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of Tanzania.

   25 The KCNA says people's delegations visited units of the KPA on the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the foundation of the KPA.

   25 The KCNA says the National Seminar on the Protection of Intellectual Property was held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on April 23 and 24.

   25 Kim Yong-nam meets with the delegation of Koreans in Japan led by Ri Ki-sok, vice chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   25 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Thabo Mbuyelwa Mbeki, president of South Africa, on the occasion of its national day.

   26 The KCNA says an agreement on cooperation between the DPRK Ministry of Railways and the Russian Railway Company and a contract on setting up a joint venture enterprise between Rajin Port and the Russian Railway Trading Co., Ltd. were signed in Moscow on April 24.

   26 Pak Ui-chun, minister of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK, and his party leave Pyongyang for a visit to China.

   26 A national memorial service is held at the Central Youth Hall on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the death of "revolutionary fighter" Rim Chun-chu.

   26 A delegation of the Foreign Ministry led by Vice Minister Kung Sok-ung leaves Pyongyang for a visit to European countries including the Czech Republic and Poland.

   26 A delegation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party led by Dimitar Dabov, chief secretary of its Supreme Council, arrives in Pyongyang.

   26 The Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) hosts a reception in honor of the delegation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party visiting the DPRK.

   26 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of Choe Hak-su, winner of Kimilsung Prize and writer of the April 15 Writing Group, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   27 The KCNA says agreements on establishing sister-city relations between the city of Haeju in South Hwanghae Province of the DPRK and the city of Guaranda in Bolivar Province of Ecuador, and between the city of Sunchon of South Phyongan Province of the DPRK and the city of Atuntaqui of Imbabura Province of Ecuador, were separately signed in Ecuador on April 21 and 23 on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   27-28 The fifth inter-Korean conference of youth and student organizations for implementing the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration is held at Mt. Kumgang resort.

   28 The flame for the 29th Olympic Games arrives in Pyongyang from Seoul.

   28 Talks between the delegations of the WPK and the Bulgarian Socialist Party are held in Pyongyang.

   28 Kim Yong-nam meets with the delegation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   28 Kim Ki-nam, secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, meets with a delegation of the school of Syria's Baath Arab Socialist Party led by Riad Youness, deputy of the director of the school.

   28 The KCNA says the Pochonbo Electronic Band of the DPRK recently presented a new version of the song "Snow Falls," which was composed in 1965, with new instrumental music and lyrics.

   28 A Ugandan party and government military delegation led by Amama Umbabazi, general secretary of the Uganda National Resistance Movement and minister of Security, arrives in Pyongyang.

   28 The torch relay for the 29th Olympic Games is held in Pyongyang. Later in the day, the Olympic flame and the accompanying delegation headed by Li Binghua, executive vice president and representative of the Organizing Committee for the 29th Olympiad, leaves the city.

   28 The WPK Central Committee hosts a banquet for the Ugandan party and government military delegation on a visit to the DPRK at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   29 The KCNA quotes Ri Myong-san, vice minister of Foreign Trade, as saying, "The DPRK government will expand and develop multifarious economic cooperation and exchange with all countries of the world desirous of building a peaceful and fair new world on the principle of independence, equality and reciprocity in the future, too." The remarks came as Ri addressed the 12th meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development held in Ghana from April 20 to 25.

   29 Talks are held between the delegation of the WPK and the Ugandan party and government military delegation in Pyongyang.

   29 The delegation of the Bulgarian Socialist Party led by Dimitar Dabov, chief secretary of its Supreme Council, flies home after winding up its visit to the DPRK.

   29 The KCNA says talks between Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi were held in Beijing on April 28.

   29 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun and his party return home after visiting China.

   29 Kim Yong-nam meets with the Ugandan party and government military delegation at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   29 A social science science seminar is held to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kim Il-sung's work "On Properly Preserving Historical Remains and Relics."

   29 Kim Jong-il sends a message of sympathy to Hu Jintao, president of China, for a train accident claiming huge casualties.

   30 A Venezuelan delegation for the study of the Juche (self-reliance) idea led by Susana Maristany arrives in Pyongyang.

   30 Kim Yong-nam meets with Moustafa Mohamed Ahmed Al Hatter, Egyptian ambassador to the DPRK, who paid a farewell call on him, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   30 The Ugandan party and government military delegation leaves Pyongyang after winding up its visit to the DPRK.

   30 A delegation of the Brazilian Communist Party headed by its National Chairman Jose Renato Rabelo arrives in Pyongyang.

   30 The Sports Contest for Mangyongdae Cup which opened on April 10 to commemorate the Day of the Sun comes to a close.

   30 A national meeting is held at the People's Palace of Culture to mark the 118th May Day, the international holiday of the working people.

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