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2008/06/19 11:31 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 8 (June 19, 2008)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from June 12-18, 2008.

  
June
12 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Russian President Dmitri Anatoliyevich Medvedev on the occasion of Russia's national day.

   12 A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the DPRK (North Korea) says the negotiations between experts of the DPRK and the U.S., which took place in Pyongyang on June 10 and 11, were successful.

   12 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Valery E. Sukhinin, Russian ambassador to the DPRK, gave a reception on June 11 to mark the national day of his country.

   12 The KCNA says a film show and a reception took place at the DPRK embassy in Beijing on June 10 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's historic first visit to China.

   12 The KCNA says an orchestra and chorus performance called "Snow Falls" was presented by artistes of the State Merited Chorus and the State Symphony Orchestra at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre on June 11.

   12 Staff members of the Russian embassy in Pyongyang lay a wreath in front of the Liberation Tower on the occasion of the national day of Russia.

   12 The DPRK Degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded to Kim Pyong-ho, director of the Marx-Leninism Institute and director of the Ethnic Theory and Policy Research Institute at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing.

   12 A meeting and a photo exhibition are held at the Chollima House of Culture in Pyongyang to mark the 110th national day of Philippines.

   12 A friendly gathering with the staff members of the Pakistani embassy in Pyongyang is held at the "DPRK-Pakistan Friendship Pyongyang June 9 Taesong Middle School No. 1" on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the conclusion of the agreement on cultural cooperation between the governments of the DPRK and Pakistan.

   12 A film show is held at the Taedongmun Cinema House in Pyongyang to mark the opening of the theater.

   12 A delegation of the Central Court of the DPRK led by its First-Vice Chief Justice Yun Myong-guk leaves Pyongyang for a visit to Laos.

   12 The Russian State Academic People's Chorus Named after M. E. Pyatnichki headed by its Head and Manager Aleksandra Permyakova arrives in Pyongyang.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected a foodstuff factory of KPA Unit 534.

   12 The DPRK Cabinet gives a reception at the Sosan Hotel in honor of the DPRK players who won the 2008 Asian Women Football Championship.

   12 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, president of Iceland, on the occasion of its national day.

   13 The KCNA says schoolchildren are enjoying camping in different areas of the country.

   13 The KCNA says working-level talks between the DPRK and Japan were held in Beijing on June 11 and 12 to address the inglorious past and normalize relations between them according to the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration.

   13 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the tideland reclamation site on Taegye Islet and the Sinam Co-op Farm in Ryongchon County of North Pyongan Province.

   14 A delegation of the State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China headed by its Deputy Director General Zhi Shuping arrives in Pyongyang.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the Pukjung Machine Complex.

   14 The visiting Russian State Academic People's Chorus Named after M. E. Pyatnichki gives its premiere in Wonsan, Kangwon Province.

   15 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the September General Iron Enterprise in North Pyongan Province.

   15-16 A meeting for national reunification to mark the 8th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 joint declaration is held at the scenic Mt. Kumgang resort on the eastern coast near the border with South Korea.

   16 A delegation of the Chinese civil aviation sector led by Li Jiaxiang, director of the Administration of Civil Aviation of China, and a delegation of the Ministry of Transport of China headed by its vice minister Feng Zhenglin arrive in Pyongyang by air.

   16 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to James Alix Michel, president of Seychelles, on the occasion of its national day.

   17 Xi Jinping, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and vice president of China, arrives in Pyongyang to pay an official goodwill visit to the DPRK at the invitation of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) and the government of the DPRK.

   17 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her birthday, a national holiday of the United Kingdom.

   17 Vice Premier Ro Tu-chol meets with the Chinese civil aviation delegation led by Li Jiaxiang, director of the Administration of Civil Aviation of China, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   17 A (North) Korean documentary film called "To Realize Desire of Leader" is screened at the People's Palace of Culture to mark the 44th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of work at the Central Committee of the WPK.

   17 Valery E.Sukhinin, Russian ambassador to the DPRK, and staff members of his embassy assist farmers at the DPRK-Russia Friendship Kochang Co-op Farm in Chollima County, South Pyongan Province.

   17 Xi Jinping lays a wreath in front of the Friendship Tower and a floral basket in front of the statue of the late President Kim Il-sung on Mansu Hill.

   17 Agreements on economic and technical cooperation, airway transport and road transport between the governments of the DPRK and China are signed at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   17 Kim Yong-nam meets with Xi Jinping when the latter paid a courtesy call on him.

   17 Talks between Yang Hyong-sop, vice-president of the SPA Presidium, and Xi Jinping are held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   17 A meeting and photo exhibition takes place at the Taedong River Club for the Diplomatic Corps in Pyongyang to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Che Guevara's birth.

   17 The Central Committee of the WPK and the DPRK government gives a banquet at the People's Palace of Culture in honor of Xi Jinping.

   18 Chief Abdelhafiz Misbah Bin Rabha and members of the Libyan Economic Cooperation Bureau in the DPRK help workers at the DPRK-Libya Friendship Jangchon Co-op Farm in Sadong District of Pyongyang.

   18 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the SPA, meets with Sodovjamts Khurelbaatar, new Mongolian ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall when the latter paid a courtesy call on him.

   18 A national meeting is held at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of work at the Central Committee of the WPK.

   18 Kim Jong-il meets Xi Jinping.

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