NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 17 (August 21, 2008) |
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW
SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Aug. 14-20, 2008.
14 The North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a national vocal contest was held at the Yunisang Concert Hall in Pyongyang from Aug. 11-13 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
14 The KCNA says Palestinian Ambassador to the DPRK Mohammad Shahta Zarab hosted a reception at the embassy in Pyongyang on Aug. 13 to observe the 55th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and the 63rd anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan.
14 The KCNA says a national scientific and technological presentation took place at the Three-Revolution Exhibition hall on Aug. 12 and 13 in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK.
14 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sent a message of greetings to Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, on Aug. 13, the 48th anniversary of the country's independence.
14 The KCNA says the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the International Flower Research Center took place in Pyongyang.
14 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il inspected Korean People's Army (KPA) Unit 1319.
14 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to El Hadj Omar Bongo Ondimba, president of Gabon, on the country's 48th anniversary of independence.
14 Alexander Matsegora, Russian charge d'affaires a.i. in Pyongyang, hosts a reception at the Taedong River Club for the Diplomatic Corps to observe the 63rd anniversary of Korea's liberation.
15 Kim Jong-il exchanges a message of greetings with Russian President Dmitri Anatoliyevich Medvedev to mark the day of Korea's liberation.
15 The KCNA says a meeting of foreign crew took place at Chongjin Port on Aug. 13 to celebrate the 63rd anniversary of Korea's liberation.
15 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Russian President Medvedev on the occasion of the 63rd anniversary of Korea's liberation.
15 The South, North and Overseas Side Committees for Implementing June 15 Joint Declaration issues a joint statement in observance of the 63rd anniversary of Korea's liberation.
15 Floral baskets are placed before the statues of the late President Kim Il-sung on the 63rd anniversary of national liberation.
15 Alexander Matsegora and staff members of the Russian embassy in Pyongyang lay a wreath at the liberation tower to mark the 63rd anniversary of Korea's liberation.
16 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of sympathy to Nguyen Tan Dung, the prime minister of Vietnam, regarding the torrential rains that hit northern part of the country, claiming great human and material losses.
16 The KCNA says the North's Korea Stamp Corporation issued commemorative stamps on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of Supreme Commander of the KPA Kim Jong-il's start of leadership over the Military First revolution.
16 Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Pushpa Kamal Dahal on his election as Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.
17 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of the Republic of Indonesia, to mark the 63rd anniversary of Indonesia's proclamation of independence.
17 Kim In-so, an "unconverted" long-term prisoner who was held in South Korea before being repatriated to the North, dies at the age of 81.
18 The KCNA says Hong Un-jong won a gold medal in the vaulting horse contest of women's gymnastics in the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing.
18 Choe Su-hon is appointed as DPRK ambassador to Syria, according to a decree of the Presidium of the SPA.
18 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Malaysian Ambassador to the DPRK Rahimi Bin Harun at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.
18 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with Ismail Abdelrahman Ghoneim Hussein, the new ambassador of Egypt to the DPRK.
18 A delegation of the Lao Women's Union headed by the president of its central committee, Sysay Leudedmounsone, arrives in Pyongyang by air.
19 The KCNA says the DPRK and the Russian Federation have made progress in their cooperative efforts to rebuild the Rajin-Tuman (Tumen) River railways and Rajin Port.
19 The KCNA says a poster was produced in the DPRK to commemorate its 60th anniversary of the nation's founding.
19 Wreaths are laid before the grave of Kim Po-hyon, Kim Jong-il's grand-grandfather, in Pyongyang on the 137th anniversary of his birth.
19 Bambang Daranindra, charge d'affaires ad interim of Indonesia in Pyongyang, hosts a reception at the Taedong River Club for the Diplomatic Corps in observance of 63rd anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of Indonesia.
18 A spokesman for the KPA's mission at the Panmunjom releases a statement denouncing the South Korea-U.S. "Ulchi Freedom Guardian" joint military exercises, which kicked off the same day.
18 A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issues a statement condemning the Ulchi excercises.
20 A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry assails the joint military exercises.
20 The KCNA says a national student contest of fine art and calligraphy was held in Pyongyang to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the DPRK.
20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom to mark Hungary's national day.