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2009/06/18 10:57 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 59 (June 18, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between June 11-17, 2009.

  
June
11 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) sent a congratulatory message to Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorzh upon his election as Mongolian president.

   11 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Kim Yong-nam sent a message of greetings to Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan, on May 27 on the occasion of its national day.

   11 The KCNA says North Korea demanded the early construction of a dormitory and childcare facilities as well as a new road for North Koreans working at the joint industrial complex in Kaesong, during an inter-Korean meeting held in the North Korean border town of Kaesong.

   11 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, president of the Philippines to mark the 111th anniversary of its independence.

   11 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the SPA, meets Indian Ambassador to North Korea Zile Singh, who paid a farewell call on him at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   11 Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Valery Sukhinin hosts a reception to mark the national day of the Russian Federation, attended by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Kung Sok-ung, among others.

   12 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, prime minister of Russia on its national day.

   12 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Dmitri Anatolievich Medvedev, president of Russia, on its national day.

   12 Kim Yong-nam meets Zile Singh, Indian ambassador to Pyongyang, who paid a farewell visit to him at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland tells the KCNA South Korean news reports that fake US dollars circulating in the South were proved to be from North Korea is an anti-North trick.

   13 The North Korean foreign ministry declares the socialist state will start a uranium enrichment program, weaponize all its newly extracted plutonium and threatens military action against the United States and its allies after the U.N. Security Council approved new sanctions to punish the Norht for its recent nuclear test.

   13 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il inspected the command of 7th Infantry Division of the KPA located in the eastern sector of the front.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il watched the opera "The Dream of the Red Chamber" at the Hamhung Grand Theater by the Phibada Opera Troupe.

   14 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad upon his reelection as president of Iran.

   15 A performance is given by the Russian State Academic Igor Moiseyev Dance Company at the Pyongyang Grand Theater on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's start of work at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK).

   15 A delegation of the State Oceanic Administration of China headed by Deputy Administrator Chen Lianzeng flies into Pyongyang.

   15 A national meeting is held at the Central Youth Hall in Pyongyang to observe the 9th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit in June 2000, attended by Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium.

   15 A public rally of about 100,000 Pyongyang citizens is held at Kimilsung Square to denounce the U.N. Security Council's resolution on sanctions against the North's second nuclear test.

   16 Meetings of youth, students and members of the Democratic Women's Union were held in Pyongyang to mark the 45th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of work at the WPK Central Committee.

   16 The KCNA claims two convicted U.S. journalists admitted to crossing its border with China and shooting video for a smear campaign against Pyongyang over its human rights conditions.

   16 Cuban Ambassador to the North Jose Manuel Galego Montano gives a reception at the Cuban embassy to mark the 45th year of Kim Jong-il's work with the WPK Central Committee.

   17 A meeting is held in Pyongyang by workers and members of the General Federation of Trade Unions of (North) Korea to mark the 45th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of work at the WPK Central Committee, attended by Kim Jung-rin, a WPK secretary.

   17 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to James Alix Michel, president of Seychelles, to mark the country's national day.

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