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2009/04/09 11:00 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 49 (April 9, 2009)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from April 2-8.

  
April
2 The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a ceremony was held in Pyongyang on April 1 to award state academic degrees and titles to intellectuals who have contributed to national development in the fields of scientific research and education.

   2 The General Staff of the North's Korean People's Army (KPA) issues a statement warning it will attack "major targets" in Japan should Tokyo shoot down a satellite it plans to orbit.

   2 The KCNA says two new stamps were published in the North in commemoration of the China 2009 World Stamp Exhibition.

   2 A state funeral is held in Pyongyang for the late Hong Song-nam, a former North Korean Cabinet premier and chief secretary of the South Hamgyong Provincial Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea, attended by Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), and Kim Yong-chun, people's armed forces minister.

   2 The KCNA says Premier Kim Yong-il sent a congratulatory message to Valdis Dombrovskis on March 31 on his appointment as prime minister of Latvia.

   2 The KCNA says Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sent a congratulatory message to Maris Riekstins on March 31 upon his appointment as foreign minister of Latvia.

   2 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of the late Kang Hyon-jin, professor with the State Academy of Sciences, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   3 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam sent a message of greetings to Abdoulaye Wade, president of Senegal, on April 1 to mark the 49th anniversary of his country's independence.

   3 The KCNA says the Pyongyang Grand Theater was renovated into a "monumental edifice in the era of Songun (military-first) politics."

   4 The KCNA says Pyongyang has completed preparations and will soon launch its communications satellite named Kwangmyongsong-2.

   4 Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Datuk Sri Mohammad Najib Bin Tun Haji Abudul Razak upon his assumption of office as prime minister of Malaysia.

   4 The KCNA says four commemorative stamps were issued in North Korea to mark Kim Il-sung's birthday.

   4 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the renovated Pyongyang Grand Theater.

   5 The KCNA says the communications satellite Kwangmyongsong-2 was successfully put in orbit.

   5 Kim Jong-il visits the General Satellite Control and Command Center to watch the satellite launch.

   6 A national calligraphic festival opens in celebration of Kim Il-sung's birthday, displaying at least 400 calligraphic works.

   6 Pak Ui-chun meets Ismail Ahmed Mohamed Hasan, new Palestinian ambassador to North Korea, who paid a courtesy call on the foreign minister.

   6-7 The 14th April Holiday Food Festival is held featuring some 1,000 Korean dishes in celebration of the birthday of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung.

   7 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of the late Ko Hak-rim, people's artiste and former director at the Korean Film Studio, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   7 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the Samilpho Special Products Factory managed by the army.

   7 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of the late Kim Kon-il, composer of the State Merited Chorus, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   7 A Red-Cross spring tree-planting event is held in Songchon County, South Pyongan Province, on the occasion of the all-people movement for spring land management.

   7 A ceremony is held in Pyongyang to mark World Health Day, attended by North Korea's public health workers and members of international organizations, including the World Health Organization in Pyongyang.

   7 The Mangyongdae Prize sports contest is opened with due ceremony in Pyongyang to mark the anniversary of Kim Il-sung's birth.

   7 Jose Manuel Galego Montano, Cuban ambassador to Pyongyang, hosts a reception at his embassy to mark the birth of the North's late founder, Kim Il-sung, and the 16th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's first election as chairman of the National Defence Commission.

   8 A mass rally by about 100,000 Pyongyang citizens is held at Kimilsung Square to hail the successful launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong-2.

   8 A national meeting is held at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to celebrate the 16th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's election as chairman of the NDC, attended by Kim Yong-chun, vice chairman of the NDC and minister of the People's Armed Forces.

   8 The KPA General Staff issues a report warning Japan against trying to locate debris from its long-range rocket, saying mobilizing combat ships for the search would be a "military provocation."

   8 A delegation of the China Federation of Literature and Art Circles headed by Vice President Bai Shuxiang arrives in Pyongyang by air to participate in the 26th April Spring Friendship Art Festival.

   8 Deputies attending the first session of the 12th SPA visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang to pay homage to Kim Il-sung, whose embalmed body lies there in state.

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