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2009/04/02 11:06 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 48 (April 2, 2009)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from March 26-April 1.

  
March
26 The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the Chinese ministry of culture donated costumes for North Korean artists involved in the Chinese opera "The Dream of the Red Chamber" now being reenacted in the North.

   26 North Korea's Foreign Ministry spokesman warns any U.N. action against the North's satellite launch will rupture the six-party denuclearization talks and prompt Pyongyang to reverse the disabling process of its key nuclear reactor.

   27 The fifth scientific and technological exhibition in the field of machine design wraps up a four-day run in Pyongyang.

   27 The KCNA says Kim provided field guidance to the Kusong Machine-Tool Plant and the Anju Area Coal Mining Complex in North Pyongan Province.

   28 A North Korean government economic delegation leaves Pyongyang to attend the 7th meeting of the bilateral committee on economic, scientific and technological cooperation in Vietnam.

   28 The North's state-run Korean Central Television Broadcasting Station says a national meeting of devoted fruit-growers affiliated with the Union of Agricultural Working People is held in Sariwon, North Hwanghae Province.

   30 Seoul's Unification Ministry says North Korea is holding a South Korean worker for allegedly criticizing its political system and instigating a North Korean female worker to consider defection to the South.

   30 North Korea's foreign ministry spokesman rejected the latest U.N. resolution condemning human rights abuses in the socialist country as "peppered with lies and fabrications" by Western countries and Japan.

   30 The North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland says the country will take stern measures if South Korea participates in U.S.-led multilateral efforts to interdict the North's transfer of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, calling it a "declaration of war."

   31 The KCNA says North Korea is ready to indict two U.S. reporters on charges of illegal entry and hostile acts.

   31 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of Jon Ki-ryon, a general officer of the North's Korean People's Assembly, expressing deep condolences over his death.

  
April
1 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of the late Hong Song-nam, former Cabinet premier and chief secretary of the South Hamgyong Provincial Committee of the WPK, expressing deep condolences over his death. Hong died on March 31 at 79.

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