NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 39 (January 29, 2009) |
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW
SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Jan. 22-28.
22 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sent a message of greetings on Jan. 21 to Mohamed Sabah Al Salem Al Sabah who stayed in office as deputy prime minister of the Cabinet and foreign minister of Kuwait.
22 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) sent a message of greetings to Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, on the occasion of the anniversary of victory in the Uganda National Resistance Movement.
22 Premier Kim Yong-il meets at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang with the visiting delegation of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party led by its head Wang Jiarui.
22-26 A festival of Korea's folk games is held in Pyongyang to mark the New Year on the lunar calendar with about 300 select school children from all over the country attending.
23 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il confers with Wang Jiarui.
24 The KCNA says the 35th national sports contest of school youth and children for "Jongil Peak Prize" is held from Jan. 21 to 23 in Pyongyang and about 400 young students took part in.
24 The (North) Korean Central Broadcasting Station (KCBS) says Kim Jong-il sent letters of thanks to public officials and laborers throughout the country for their leading social service.
24 A group of senior officials of Chongryon, or the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, flies into Pyongyang for a home-visit.
24 The delegation of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party returns home.
24 A meeting is held in Pyongyang to deliver a letter of thanks from the WPK Central Committee to public officials and workers of the Ministry of Post and Telecommunications in praise of their achievements in modernizing the country's postal service.
25 Minju Joson, the publication of the Cabinet, says Seoul's nomination of Hyun In-taek, a conservative pro-U.S. scholar, as the new Unification Minister is an "open provocation as it is little short of a declaration that South Korea would continue to stand in confrontation with the DPRK (North Korea)."
25 A music concert by the state choir, symphony orchestra and art troups is held at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater to mark the lunar New Year with ranking officials of the party, military and the government attending.
25 Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the national day of India.
25 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Indian President Pratibha Patil on the national day of his country.
25 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il receives a gift on Jan. 21 from Abdullah II, King of Jordan, on the occasion of the lunar New Year.
26 School children give a song and dance performance at the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace to mark the lunar New Year.
26 The KCNA says soldiers and workers from all walks of life lay flower baskets before statues of late leader Kim Il-sung in celebration of the lunar New Year.
26 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Quentin Bryce, governor-general of Australia, on the occasion of the national day of her country.
27 Kim Jong-il watches a performance by the State Merited Chorus on the occasion of the New Year's Day on the lunar calendar.
27 A WPK delegation led by Pak Kyong-son, vice department director of its Central Committee leaves Pyongyang to visit the United Kingdom.
27 A delegation of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs led by Vice Minister Aleksei Borodavkin arrives in Pyongyang.
28 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il watched a volleyball match held between the "April 25" Team of the KPA and a mixed volleyball team on the occasion of the lunar New Year.
28 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il attended a performance given by the song and dance ensembles of the KPA Naval Command and Air Command.