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2009/03/19 10:37 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 46 (March 19, 2009)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from March 12-18.

  
12 The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says North Korea has recently joined international treaties on space exploration, as the country continued preparations to launch what it claims is a satellite.

   12 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of the late (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) General Kim Tu-nam, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave on-the-spot guidance to the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex.

   13 A friendly meeting with staff members of the Cuban embassy in Pyongyang was held to mark the 99th International Women's Day, attended by Ro Song-sil, head of the North's Democratic Women's Union and Jose Manuel Galego Montano, Cuban ambassador to the North.

   13 Seoul's Unification Ministry says North Korea reclosed the inter-Korean border, just days after it suspended and then resumed cross-border visits to protest a U.S.-South Korean military drill. The ministry issued a statement to express deep regret over the incident and urge North Korea to immediately normalize passage across the border.

   13 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Al Baghdadi Ali Al Mahmoudi upon his reappointment as secretary of the General People's Committee of Libya.

   14 Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to mark the 60th year of the agreement on economic and cultural cooperation between North Korea and Russia.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected Unit 1811 under the KPA Artillery Command.

   14 The Secretariat of the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issues a report demanding Seoul apologize for disrupting inter-Korean relations and driving them to the brink of war with its hardline policy.

   14 A delegation of the North's Red Cross Societies led by its deputy head Kim Jin-bom leaves Pyongyang for a visit to China.

   16 A delegation of the North's Public Information Committee led by its vice chairman Chung Yong-chol leaves Pyongyang for a visit to the Middle East.

   16 A photo exhibition opens at the Pyongyang International Cultural Center to mark the 60th anniversary of the agreement on economic and cultural cooperation between North Korea and Russia.

   16 A delegation of the Group of Social Parties of the European Parliament flies into Pyongyang.

   17 Seoul's Unification Ministry says North Korea fully reopened the inter-Korean border after four days of closure for South Koreans traveling to a joint industrial complex in the communist state.

   17 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il visited the Sungri Motor Complex in Dokchon, South Pyongan Province.

   17 Kim Yong-il arrives in Beijing to pay an official goodwill visit to China.

   17 Kim Yong-il on an official goodwill visit to China met with Jiang Yikang, secretary of the Shandong Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China, in Jinan.

   17 Vice Premier Kwak Pom-gi confers with the delegation of the Group of Social Parties of the European Parliament at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   17 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, sends a message of greetings to Mary Mcaleese, president of Ireland, to mark national day there.

   17 Valery Sukhinin, Russian ambassador to Pyongyang, gives a reception to mark the 60th anniversary of the conclusion of the agreement on economic and cultural cooperation between North Korea and Russia, attended by the North's Vice Premier, Ro Tu-chol, and Minister of Railways Jon Kil-su, among others.

   18 The "Year of DPRK-China Friendship" opens with due ceremony in Beijing, attended by Kim Yong-il and Wen Jiabao, premier of China's State Council.

   18 Kim Yong-il attends a reception given by Wen Jiabao in Beijing.

   18 Kim Yong-il holds talks with his Chinese counterpart, Wen Jiabao, in Beijing.

   18 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il watched a performance given by members of student art groups from Kimilsung University, Kimchaek University of Technology, Kimhyongjik University of Education and other universities in Pyongyang.

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