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2008/06/26 10:48 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 9 (June 26, 2008)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from June 19-25, 2008.

  
June
19 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says meetings of workers and members of the General Federation of Trade Unions of (North) Korea, youth and students and members of the (North) Korean Democratic Women's Union were held in Pyongyang, and a meeting of agricultural workers was held in Thaechon County, North Pyongan Province to celebrate the 44th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK).

   19 Xi Jinping, vice president of China, leaves Pyongyang by air after winding up his official goodwill visit to the DPRK (North Korea).

   19 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with John Everard, British ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang when the latter paid a farewell call on him.

   19 The DPRK delegation led by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kim Hyong-jun leaves Pyongyang by air to attend the seventh meeting of information ministers of non-aligned countries to be held in Venezuela.

   19 The KCNA says a technical course took place recently at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium according to a plan of the International Boxing Association.

   19 Ambassador Jose Manuel Galego Montano and staff members of the Cuban embassy in Pyongyang visit the Pyongyang Textile Mill on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Che Guevara's birth.

   19 An art performance is given at the Central Youth Hall in celebration of the 44th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of work at the Central Committee of the WPK.

   19 A message of thanks is sent to Kim Jong-il, President Kim Yong-nam and Vice President Yang Hyong-sop of the SPA Presidium by Xi Jinping upon leaving Pyongyang after wrapping up his three-day visit to the DPRK.

   19 Dancing parties for youth and students are held in different parts of the country to celebrate the 44th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of work at the Central Committee of the WPK.

   19 John Everard, British ambassador to the DPRK, hosts a reception on the occasion of the official birthday of the British queen.

   19 An agreement on the formation of the joint information committee by the Information Committee of the DPRK and the Ministry of Information and Culture of Laos was signed in Vientiane on June 18.

   20 The KCNA says city greening is in full swing in the DPRK.

   20 The sports contest for the Pochonbo Torch Prize that opened on June 4 comes to a close at Hyesan Stadium in Ryanggang Province.

   20 The 34th National Schoolchildren's Sports Contest for the Jongil Peak Prize comes to a close at the hall of the youth league.

   20 A concert is given by artistes of the State Symphony Orchestra and the State Merited Chorus at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

   21 The KCNA says a national exchange meeting calling for the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and the DPRK was held in Tokyo on June 11.

   21 A delegation of the General Federation of Trade Unions of (North) Korea led by Kim Song-chol, vice chairman of its Central Committee, leaves Pyongyang for a visit to China.

   21 A delegation of the Delegation for the Relations with the Korean Peninsula of the European Parliament led by Chairman Hubert Pirker comes to Pyongyang.

   21 The visiting Russian State Academic People's Chorus named after M. E. Pyatnichki gives a performance at the Hamhung Grand Theatre in South Hamgyong Province.

   23 Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, meets with the heads of delegations of different countries, international bodies and overseas compatriots' organizations participating in the 6th Pyongyang International Science and Technology Book Fair.

   23 Choe Thae-bok meets with a delegation of the Delegation for the Relations with the Korean Peninsula of the European Parliament led by Chairman Hubert Pirker at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   23 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with John Everard, British ambassador to the DPRK, who paid a farewell call on him.

   23 The Sixth Pyongyang International Science and Technology Book Fair opens at the Three-Revolution Exhibition.

   23 A delegation of the Vietnam-(North) Korea Friendship Parliamentary Group led by its Chairman Ksor Phuoc, who is also chairman of the National Council of the Vietnamese National Assembly, arrives in Pyongyang by air.

   23 Talks are held between the delegation of the DPRK-EU Friendship Parliamentary Group and the delegation of the Delegation for the Relations with the Korean Peninsula of the European Parliament at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   23 A Pyongyang City meeting is held at the Central Youth Hall to mark the 35th anniversary of the late President Kim Il-sung's work "Let Us Prevent a National Partition and Reunify the Country."

   23 The Organizing Committee of the sixth Pyongyang International Science and Technology Book Fair and the Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries hosts a reception at the People's Palace of Culture in honor of the participants in the fair.

   24 A delegation of the Ministry of People's Security led by its Minister Ju Sang-song leaves Pyongyang for a trip to Vietnam and Laos.

   24 A delegation of the Fukuoka Prefectural Japan-DPRK Friendship Association headed by its Representative Mamoru Kitahara arrives in Pyongyang.

   24 Talks are held between the delegations of the Korea-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Group and the Vietnam-Korea Friendship Parliamentary Group at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   24 The 11th national Taekwondo championship for the Jongil Peak Cup opens at the Taekwondo Hall in Pyongyang.

   24 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il enjoyed an art performance given by the Russian State Academic People's Chorus Named after M. E. Pyatnichki that is visiting the DPRK.

   24 Massimo Andrea Leggeri, Italian ambassador to the DPRK, hosts a reception at his country's embassy in Pyongyang to mark the national day of Italy.

   24 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Madagascan President Marc Ravalomanana on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the independence of Madagascar.

   25 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam on June 23 sent a message of greetings to Armando Emilio Guebuza, president of Mozambique, on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of its independence.

   25 The KCNA says Pak Ui-chun sent a message of sympathy to Alberto Gatmaitan Romulo, secretary of foreign affairs of the Philippines, regarding a large number of casualties caused by a recent cyclone and the capsizing of a ferry in the country.

   25 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Stipe Mesic, president of Croatia, on the occasion of the national day of Croatia.

   25 A joint friendly gathering with participants in the sixth Pyongyang International Science and Technology Book Fair takes place at the gymnasium of Kimchaek University of Technology.

   25 The sixth Pyongyang International Science and Technology Book Fair closes at the Three-Revolution Exhibition.

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