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2008/07/10 10:40 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 11 (July 10, 2008)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from July 3 - 9, 2008.

  
July
3 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a doctorate in economics of the DPRK (North Korea) was awarded to Kim Il, a Korean Chinese teacher at Yanbian University of China.

   3 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Belorussian President Aleksandr Grigoriyevich Lukashenko on the occasion of the national day of Belarus.

   3 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam sent a message of greetings to Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, on June 30 on the occasion of its national day.

   3 Russian Ambassador to the DPRK (North Korea) Valery Sukhinin arranges a film show.

   3 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to several units in Kanggye City, Jagang Province.

   4 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam on July 1 sent a message of greetings to Cape Verdean President Pedro Pires on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of the independence of the country and its proclamation as a republic.

   4 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam sent a message of greetings to Hugo Chavez Frias, president of Venezuela, on July 1 on the occasion of its independence day.

   4 A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry releases a statement regarding implementation of the October 3 agreement at the six-party talks in 2007.

   4 A delegation of the Beijing Service Bureau for Diplomatic Missions of China led by its Director-General Qian Hongshan arrives in Pyongyang.

   4 The KCNA says students of the School of Foreign Languages under Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies were successful at the 12th International Russian Olympic Contest of Students held in Moscow from June 24 to 28.

   5 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam sent a message of greetings to Bingu Wa Mutarika, president of the Republic of Malawi, on July 1 on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of its independence.

   7 A remembrance concert of women and members of the women's union called "We Long to See Sunny Smile" is held at the Central Workers' Hall on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the death of President Kim Il-sung.

   7 A documentary film called "The Fatherly Leader among Servicepersons" is screened at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung.

   7 The KCNA says a meeting to remember Kim Il-sung was held by crewmen of a Sierra Leonean-flagged ship at Hungnam Port on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of his death.

   7 A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland says South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak should clarify his stand towards the June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration before talking about another inter-Korean summit.

   8 Kim Jong-il visits the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang where the embalmed body of Kim Il-sung, his father, lies in state.

   8 Senior officials of the party and the state, anti-Japanese revolutionary fighters, officials of ministries and national institutions, servicepersons of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) and people from all walks of life visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung.

   8 A remembrance concert titled "The Leader and People" is held at the People's Palace of Culture by artistes of leading art organizations in Pyongyang including the Mansudae Art Troupe on the occasion of the 14th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's death.

   8 The KCNA says people across the DPRK commemorated the 14th anniversary of the death of Kim Il-sung in humblest reverence.

   9 The KCNA says the train carrying the food provided by the Russian Federation to the DPRK through World Food Programme arrived at Sinuiju on July 7.

   9 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Arthur Dion Hanna, governor general of Bahamas, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of its independence.

   9 The KCNA says a training course for football coaches (Class B) took place recently at the Kimilsung Stadium in Pyongyang under the sponsorship of the Asian Football Confederation.

   9 The KCNA says Kim Il-jin, former unconverted long-term prisoner, died of an incurable disease on July 8, at the age of 77.

   9 The military attaches corps in Pyongyang visit the historic site associated with the Korean War on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the end of the war.

   9 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the agricultural field in North Pyongan Province.

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