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2008/05/15 11:06 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 3 (May 15, 2008)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from May 8-14, 2008.

  
May
8 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a U.S. food aid delegation visited the DPRK (North Korea) from May 5 to 8.

   8 The KCNA says the 3rd Symposium on Architectural Aesthetics was held in Pyongyang on May 7.

   8 An agreement on cooperation between the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry is signed in Pyongyang.

   8 A friendly gathering with the members of a delegation of the Swiss National Women's Council headed by Anita Fahrni, president of the Committee for International Relations of the council, is held in Pyongyang.

   8 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il inspected the command of (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) unit 927.

   8 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected the command of KPA Unit 351.

   8-9 A conference of male members of the press from the two Koreas for implementing the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration, which are the by-products of two inter-Korean summits, takes place in the North's scenic Mt. Kumgang resort.

   9 The KCNA says the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) Publishing House issued Vols. 71-73 of "Among the People", a collection of memoirs.

   9 The KCNA says Premier Kim Yong-il sent a congratulatory message to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin on his appointment as prime minister of the government of the Russian Federation.

   9 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il was presented with a gift by the visiting delegation of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry led by Deputy Minister Vu Dung.

   9 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with the delegation of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry led by Deputy Minister Vu Dung at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   9 Staff members of the Russian embassy in Pyongyang lay a wreath before the liberation tower on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of Russia's victory in the second World War.

   9 The KCNA says the DPRK has taken measures to prevent avian influenza from spreading or breaking out in the country.

   9 The KCNA says the earthen wall in Chongam-dong, the wall of the capital of Tangun, founder of Korea, is under reconstruction as part of work to restore cultural heritages in the DPRK.

   9 A delegation of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the China Chamber of International Commerce led by Vice Chairman Dong Songgen arrives in Pyongyang to take part in the 11th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair.

   10 A delegation of the China National Textile and Apparel Council led by Vice Chairman Xu Kunyuan arrives in Pyongyang.

   10 George Yong-Boon Yeo, Singapore's foreign minister, and his party arrive in Pyongyang.

   10 Pak Ui-chun, minister of Foreign Affairs, meets with George Yong-Boon Yeo, the Singaporean foreign minister, and his party who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   10 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected the command of KPA Unit 745.

   10 The DPRK government gives a banquet in honor of the Singaporean foreign minister at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   10 A team of five U.S. officials led by Sung Kim, director of the State Department's Korea office, return to South Korea from a three-day trip to Pyongyang by crossing the military demarcation line at Panmunjom, the truce village in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas. They carried several boxes of confidential papers on North Korea's plutonium-producing activity that had been handed over by the North.

   12 The KCNA says a Korean "Paekho" art exhibition was held in Beijing from April 25 to 28 on the occasion of the Day of the Sun and the birthday of the KPA. The Day of the Sun is the birthday of the North's late President Kim Il-sung.

   12 The KCNA says the Institute of Archaeology under the Academy of Social Sciences in the DPRK has discovered more than 70 dolmens belonging to Tangun's Korea which are inscribed with constellations while surveying dolmens in the Jongdong-ri area of Unchon County in South Hwanghae Province.

   12 The KCNA says the Veterinary Institute under the Academy of Agricultural Science has developed a highly accurate kit for testing for the bird flu virus.

   12 Talks between Pak Ui-chun and George Yong-Boon Yeo, foreign minister of Singapore, are held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave field guidance at the Chongjin Goat Farm and the Chongjin Plastic Tube Factory, located in North Hamgyong Province.

   12 An agreement on cooperation between the foreign ministries of the DPRK and Singapore is signed at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 Kim Yong-nam, president of the SPA Presidium, meets with Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo and his party when they paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 The 18th Individual Contest for February 16 Art Prize, which opened on February 15, comes to a close at the music hall of Pyongyang Kimwongyun Conservatory.

   12 The 8th May 21 Architectural Festival, which opened on May 7, ends in Pyongyang.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il received a personal letter and gift from S. R. Nathan, president of Singapore.

   12 The 11th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair opens at the Three-Revolution Exhibition in Pyongyang.

   12 Delegations and a delegate of foreign countries arrive in Pyongyang to attend the regular meeting of the International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institution.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance at the Kyongsong Ceramic Factory and the Onpho Rest Home in North Hamgyong Province.

   13 The KCNA says six kinds of new stamps reflecting famous historical relics of Mt. Ryongak and various species of mushrooms have been issued in the DPRK.

   13 Kim Jong-il sends a message of sympathy to Hu Jintao, president of China, upon hearing about a strong earthquake in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, causing huge human and material losses.

   13 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Sodovjamts Khurelbaatar, Mongolian ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   13 A national symposium in the field of medical science is held to mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kim Il-sung's work "On Conducting Health and Sanitation Work in a Mass Campaign" at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang.

   13 The participants in the regular meeting of the International Association of Technical Survey and Classification Institution lay a floral basket before the statue of Kim Il-sung on Mansu Hill.

   13 A meeting and a film show are held at the Chollima House of Culture on the occasion of the week of DPRK-Iran friendship.

   13 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave on-the-spot guidance to various units in Kilju County and the city of Kimchaek in North Hamgyong Province.

   13 Singaporean Foreign Minister George Yong-Boon Yeo, visiting the DPRK, hosts a reception at the Yanggakdo International Hotel.

   14 The foreign minister of Singapore and his party return home after winding up their five-day visit to the DPRK.

   14 Pak Ui-chun sends a congratulatory message to Sergei Viktorovich Lavrov on remaining in office as Russian foreign minister.

   14 A delegation of the Communist Party of Portugal led by Albano Nunes, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of its Central Committee, arrives in Pyongyang.

   14 Ambassador Morteza Moradian and staff members of the Iranian embassy in Pyongyang visit the DPRK-Iran Friendship Ripsok Co-op Farm in Mundok County, South Pyongan Province to engage in labor there on the occasion of the week of DPRK-Iran friendship.

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