NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 41 (February 12, 2009) |
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW
SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Feb. 5-11.
5 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greetings to Abdulrahman Mohamed Shalgham, Libya's secretary for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation, on Jan. 19 on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
5 A ceremony is held to grant state academic degrees and titles to intellectuals who made fresh breakthroughs in scientific research and the education of younger generation on the occasion of Kim Jong-il's birthday which falls on Feb. 16.
5 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets a British parliamentary delegation led by Lord David Alton -- chairman of the British-North Korean All-Party Parliamentary Group -- who paid a courtesy call on him, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.
5 A national seminar on the "immortal feats" of Kim Jong-il is held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang with Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) Central Committee, and Education Minister Kim Yong-jin attending.
5 A reception is arranged at the North Korean embassy in Beijing for officials of the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on the occasion of the New Year.
5 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says talks were held between the North's SPA delegation and the British parliamentary delegation at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Jan. 4.
6 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Tillman Thomas, prime minister of Grenada, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence of the country.
6 The Kimilsung Socialist Youth League holds the 39th plenary session in Pyongyang to discuss ways to "thoroughly fulfill" state goals set in the New Year's joint editorial.
7 A WPK delegation led by Pak Kyong-son, a deputy director of a WPK department, returns home from a trip to the United Kingdom.
7 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected the command of the KPA Large Combined Unit 324.
7 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il watched a music and dance performance by members of South Hamgyong provincial art troupe.
7 THe KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected Hungnam Fertilizer Complex.
7 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il watched a performance by an art propaganda team of the KPA Large Combined Unit 324.
8 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il has been proclaimed candidate for the 12th-term SPA in all electoral districts across the country.
8 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the Rakwon Machine Complex.
8 Leading party and government officials visit the International Friendship Gallery ahead of Kim Jong-il's birthday.
10 The KCNA says preparations for the 13th Kimjongilia festival are "briskly" underway.
10 The 14th Paektusan Prize Sports Contest among Officials of National Institutions, which opened on January 21 on the occasion of Kim Jong-il's birthday, closes with due ceremony at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium.
10 The KCNA says four sorts of memorial stamps have been published in North Korea to mark Kim Jong-il's birthday.
10 An art performance is given by agricultural workers at the Mangyongdae Farm to mark Kim Jong-il's birthday.
11 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected Unit 681 under the KPA Artillery Command.
11 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Moammer el Gaddafi, leader of the Revolution of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, on his election as chairperson of the African Union at the body's 12th ordinary session of the assembly of heads of state and government.
11 The National Defense Commission and the Central Military Commission of the WPK issue a decision to appoint Vice Marshal Kim Yong-chun as minister of the people's armed forces and General Ri Yong-ho as chief of the KPA General Staff.
11 A ceremony is held for the opening of a 10-day film festival at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang in celebration of Kim Jong-il's birthday.
11 A national art exhibition opens in Pyongyang to mark Kim's birthday.
11 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Iran's First-vice President Parviz Davudi to mark the 30th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic revolution in the country.
11 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to mark the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution.