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2009/05/21 11:04 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 55 (May 21, 2009)

   *** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between May 14-20, 2009.

  
May
14 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the Central Court decided to try two American journalists on June 4.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), left Harare on May 13 after wrapping up his visit to Zimbabwe.

   14 An agreement on cooperation between the North's Ministry of People's Security and the Zimbabwean Ministry of Interior is signed at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   14 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium confers with a government delegation of Zimbabwe led by Minister of Interior Kembo Campbell Dugishmohadi at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   14 A meeting and a film show take place at the Taedong River Diplomatic Corps Club in Pyongyang to mark the Week of North Korea-Iran Friendship commemorating the 20th anniversary of late North Korean leader Kim Il-sung's meeting with Iranian leader Seyed Ali Khamenei.

   14 The 12th Pyongyang Spring International Trade Fair that opened on May 11 closes in Pyongyang.

   15 A friendship delegation of the China Association for International Friendly Contact led by its Vice Secretary General Song Enlei flies into Pyongyang.

   15 Kim Yong-nam returns home after winding up his visit to South Africa and Zimbabwe.

   15 The North's Central Special Zone Development Guidance General Bureau, which is in charge of the joint industrial park in Kaesong, issues a statement, saying Pyongyang will scrap all contracts with South Korea regarding the joint venture.

   16 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Johanna Sigurdardottir upon her appointment as prime minister of Iceland.

   17 Minju Joson, organ of the Cabinet, says the U.S. government should alter its hostile policy toward the North if it really wants dialogue.

   19 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Paul Biya, president of Cameroon, on the occasion of the country's 37th founding anniversary.

   19 A North Korean government delegation led by Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun returns home after participating in the ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Committee of Non-aligned Movement held in Cuba.

   19 A delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway flies into Pyongyang.

   20 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected mines in Komdok area in South Hamgyong Province.

   20 An Indonesian parliamentary delegation headed by Speaker Agung Laksono arrives in Pyongyang.

   20 A delegation of the Brazilian Workers' Party led by Secretary for International Relations of its National Executive Committee Valter Pomar flies into Pyongyang.

   20 Talks are held in Pyongyang between the North Korean SPA delegation led by Chairman Choe Thae-bok, and the visiting Indonesian parliamentary delegation.

   20 Kim Yong-dae, vice president of the SPA Presidium, meets the delegation of the Associated Press Television News led by its Executive Director Nigel Baker at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

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