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2008/11/13 11:05 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 29 (November 13, 2008)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Nov. 6-12, 2008.

  
November
6 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a national scientific and technological public presentation and exhibition in the field of Koryo (ancient Korean) medicine took place at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang during two days starting Nov. 4.

   6 The KCNA says Cabinet decisions on the regulations of public services and of the enforcement of the social security law have of late been adopted in the DPRK (North Korea).

   6 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sent a message of greetings to Boris Tadic, president of Serbia, on Oct. 30 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the DPRK and Serbia.

   6-11 A delegation of the National Youth Organization of Iran led by its Head Mohammad Javad Haji Ali Akbari, vice president of Iran, visits Pyongyang.

   6 The SPA Presidium gives a reception at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang in honor of the delegation of the National Youth Organization of Iran on a visit to the DPRK.

   7 A memorandum of understanding on friendship exchange and cooperation between the Kimilsung Socialist Youth League (KSYL) of the DPRK and the National Youth Organization of Iran is signed at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   7 Talks between delegations of the DPRK KSYL and Iran's counterpart are held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   8 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Norodom Sihamoni, king of Cambodia, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of its independence.

   8 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Hun Sen, prime minister of Cambodia, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of its independence.

   8 A delegation of the State Academy of Sciences headed by its President Pyon Yong-rip leaves Pyongyang to visit Germany.

   8 A delegation of the KSYL led by First Secretary of its Central Committee Ri Yong-chol leaves for Laos.

   8 The KCNA says a winter study tour of revolutionary battle sites and revolutionary sites in Ryanggang Province started, which is participated in by servicepersons of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) and working people and school youth and children from across the country.

   9 The KCNA says an agreement on cultural cooperation between the governments of the DPRK and Qatar was signed with due ceremony in Doha on Nov. 5.

   9 The delegation of the National Youth Organization of Iran visits the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, where Kim Il-sung's embalmed body is laid in state, to pay homage to the former leader.

   10 The KCNA says a function for naming a senior middle school in Laos the "Laos-DPRK Friendship School" took place in a district of Vientiane City, the capital of the southeast Asian country, on Oct. 31.

   10 The KCNA says an extra-large stone coin has been found in Munhwa-ri, Yonthan County, North Hwanghae Province.

   10 A delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Trade headed by its Vice Minister Ku Pon-thae leaves Pyongyang for China by train.

   10 Kim Yong-nam meets with the delegation of the National Youth Organization of Iran, which paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   10 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun receives credentials from Torben Due, representative of WFP stationed in Pyongyang.

   10 The KCNA says leader Kim Jong-il sent vehicles and equipment to the Chongjin Goat Farm in North Hamgyong Province.

   10 Polish Ambassador to the DPRK Roman Iwaszkiewicz hosts a reception at Pyongyang Koryo Hotel on the occasion of the independence day of Poland.

   10 Vice President of Iran Mohammad Javad Haji Ali Akbari, who is heading the delegation of the National Youth Organization of Iran, hosts a reception in connection with their visit to the DPRK.

   11 The KCNA says an opening ceremony for a photo exhibition and an art performance were held at the Friendship Hall in Hanoi and a friendly meeting held at a textile mill on Nov. 4 to mark the 50th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's visit to Vietnam and the first anniversary of the meeting between Kim Jong-il and Nong Duc Manh, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

   11 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam sent a message of greetings to Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, president of Angola, on Nov. 7 on the occasion of the 33rd anniversary of its independence.

   11 Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greetings to Goncz Kinga, his Hungarian counterpart, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Hungary.

   11 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Henrique Silveira Borges, Portuguese ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   11 Pak Ui-chun meets with Portuguese Ambassador to the DPRK Henrique Silveira Borges who paid a courtesy call on him.

   11 Staff members of the Indonesian embassy in Pyongyang visit the International Friendship Exhibition on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the DPRK-Indonesia Friendship Association.

   11 Le Van Cu, Vietnamese ambassador to the DPRK, holds a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of Kim Il-sung's visit to Vietnam and the first anniversary of the meeting between Kim Jong-il and Nong Duc Manh, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

   12 The head of the North's delegation to the inter-Korean general-level military talks sends a notice to the South Korean military that the KPA will restrict overland passages through the Military Demarcation Line from Dec. 1.

   12 Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrives in Pyongyang.

   12 Talks between North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun and Mottaki are held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 The KCNA says Premier Kim Yong-il sent a message of greetings to Mirko Cvetkovic, prime minister of Serbia, on Oct. 30 to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

   12 The KCNA says an agreement on visa free travel for carriers of diplomatic passports and service passports was signed with due ceremony between the governments of the DPRK and Myanmar in Nay Pyi Taw on Nov. 9.

   12 A spokesman for the foreign ministry issues a statement blaming outside forces for fasely creating the impression the DPRK is to blame for the delayed implementation of the Oct. 3 agreement, which was adopted at the six-party talks on North Korea's denuclearization in 2007. The statement denies an earlier announcement by Washington that Pyongyang had agreed to allow its partners in the six-party talks to take samples to verify its nuclear declaration.

   12 The DPRK government hosts a reception in honor of Iranian foreign minister Mottaki at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the SPA, meets with Mottaki during a courtesy call at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 Kim Yong-nam meets with Mottaki during a courtesy call at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

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