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2008/09/25 10:58 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 22 (September 25, 2008)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Sept. 18-24, 2008.

  
September
18 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Chilean President Michelle Bachelet on the occasion of the independence day of the country.

   18 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Premier Kim Yong-il on Sept. 15 sent a message of greetings to Denzil Douglas, prime minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the independence of the country.

   18 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, meets with the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia headed by State Secretary Tsogtbaatar Damdin at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   18 Pak Kil-yon, vice minister of Foreign Affairs, leaves Pyongyang by air to participate in the 63rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

   18 A meeting takes place in Pyongyang between officials of the Central Committee of the Korean Democratic Women's Union and the visiting delegation of the All-China Women's Federation.

   18-23 The third national martial arts championships for the 'Sept. 10 Cup' are held at the Taekwondo Hall in Pyongyang.

   18 Kim Jung-rin, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), meets with the visiting delegation of the All-China Women's Federation headed by Vice Chairwoman Liu Xiaolian at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   18 A memorandum of understanding on cooperation in sports is signed between the Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission of the DPRK (North Korea) and the National Sports Commission of Laos at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   18 Kim Ki-nam, secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, meets with the delegation of the Chinese People's Daily headed by Secretary General Zhang Dexiu at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   18-19 A national public presentation of scientific and technological achievements in the field of potato farming is held in Taehongdan County, Ryanggang Province, to mark the 10th anniversary of the policy for supposedly effecting a successful new era of potato farming set forth by the WPK.

   19 The KCNA says the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the China-(North) Korea Friendship Association arranged a reception in Beijing on Sept. 16 to mark the 50th anniversaries of the DPRK-China Friendship Association and the China-(North) Korea Friendship Association.

   19 Kim Yong-nam meets with outgoing Swiss Ambassador to the DPRK Dante Martineli at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   19 A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry says the socialist country is restoring its main nuclear reactor and is no longer interested in being removed from the U.S. list of terrorism-supporting countries.

   19 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with outgoing Swiss Ambassador to the DPRK Dante Martineli.

   19 A national vocal solo and solo recital contest of officials and members of the General Federation of Trade Unions of (North) Korea is held at the Central Workers' Hall in Pyongyang.

   19 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Somchai Wongsawat on his election as prime minister of Thailand.

   20 The KCNA says a meeting was held in Tokyo on Sept. 13 on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the publication of the DPRK-Japan Pyongyang Declaration with personages of the Japan-DPRK friendship organization attending.

   20 The KCNA says a Korean fine art exhibition opened in Beijing on Sept. 18 under the co-sponsorship of the Ministry of Culture and the Chinese Ministry of Culture to celebrate the 60th founding anniversary of the DPRK.

   20 The KCNA says Premier Kim Yong-il on Sept. 17 sent a message of greetings to Said Musa, prime minister of Belize, on the occasion of the 27th anniversary of the independence of the Central American country.

   20 The KCNA says the WPK Publishing House brought out a collection of reminiscences "Among the People" Vol. 75.

   20 A delegation of the Union of Agricultural Workers of (North) Korea led by Chairman of its Central Committee Kang Chang-uk leaves Pyongyang to visit Vietnam.

   20 The Nepalese government information delegation led by Krishna Bahadur Mahara, minister of Information and Communications of Nepal, arrives in Pyongyang.

   20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Amadou Toumani Toure, president and head of state of Mali, on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the proclamation of its Republic.

   21 Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Prime Minister of Malta Lawrence Gonzi on the occasion of the 44th anniversary of its independence.

   21 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Serge Sarkissian, president of Armenia, on its national day.

   22 The fourth Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair is opened with due ceremony at the Three-Revolution Exhibition in Pyongyang.

   22 Talks between the delegation of the DPRK Information Committee and the Nepalese government information delegation are held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   22 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Joao Bernardo Vieira, president of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of its proclamation.

   23 The KCNA says an exhibition of folding screen relics is now open at the (North) Korean Folklore Museum in Pyongyang.

   23 Pak Ui-chun meets with Rahimi Bin Harun, new Malaysian ambassador to the DPRK, when the latter paid a courtesy call on him.

   23 Kim Yong-nam has a friendly talk with the Nepalese government information delegation at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   23 A delegation of senior political officers of the Vietnam People's Army (VPA) led by Le Van Dung, secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, and head of the VPA General Political Department, arrives in Pyongyang.

   23 A delegation of the Socialist Party of Romania led by Vasile Orleanu, chairman of the Supreme Council of the party, and a Cuban government economic delegation arrive in Pyongyang.

   23 The General Political Department of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) hosts a banquet in honor of the visiting delegation of senior political officers of the VPA.

   23 Kim Jong-gak, first-vice director of the General Political Department of the KPA, meets with the delegation of senior political officers of the VPA led by Le Van Dung.

   23 A public presentation on the protection of underground resources is held at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang, marking the 15th anniversary of the promulgation of the Law on Underground Resources.

   24 An exhibition featuring relics dating back to the Koryo Kingdom (918-1392) opens at the Korean Central History Museum in Pyongyang.

   24 The 27th meeting of the inter-governmental economic and scientific and technological consultative committee between the DPRK and Cuba takes place in Pyongyang.

   24 Kim Yong-nam meets with Bruno Lafont, chairman and chief executive officer of France's Lafarge Company, and Nassef Sawiris, chief executive officer of Egypt's Orascom Construction Industries, at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   24 Kim Il-chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces, meets with a delegation of senior political officers from the VPA.

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