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2009/07/02 10:47 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 61 (July 2, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between June 25-July 1, 2009.

  
June
25 A delegation of the North's Red Cross Society led by Kim Jin-bom, a vice chairman, leaves for Mongolia.

   25 A delegation of educational officials led by Kim Yong-in, vice minister of education, leaves for China.

   25 A delegation of the North's University Sports Association led by Jon Kuk-man, vice minister of Education and chairman of the association, leaves for Serbia to participate in the 25th Universidad.

   25 A mass rally by 100,000 Pyongyang citizens is held at Kimilsung Square to mark the anniversary of the outbreak of the 1950-53 Korean War, attended by military leaders Ri Yong-mu and Kim Il-chol; Kim Ki-nam, a secretary of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK); and Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA).

   25 The Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issues a statement accusing Seoul of instigating anti-Pyongyang sentiment on the Korean War anniversary.

   25 A military delegation led by Pak Jae-kyong, vice-minister of the people's armed forces, returns home from Mongolia.

   25-26 Mass rallies are held in the capitals of North and South Phyongan provinces, as well as Jagang, South Hwanghae, South Hamgyong and Ryanggang provinces on the occasion of the war anniversary.

   26 Kim Yong-nam, president of the SPA Presidium, sends a message of greetings to Ismail Omar Guelleh, president of Djibouti, to mark the 32nd anniversary of its independence.

   27 Ri Kwang-ho, former director of the Department of Science and Education of the WPK Central Committee and deputy to the SPA, dies of a hepatoma at the age of 50. Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to Ri's bier, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   27 A friendly delegation from the Jilin Yuwen Middle School of China led by Party Committee Secretary Wang Yong flies into Pyongyang.

   27 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Pierre Nkurunziza, president of Burundi, to mark the 47th anniversary of its independence.

   27-30 Mass anti-U.S. rallies are held in North Hamgyong, Kangwon and North Hwanghae provinces in commemoration of the Korean War anniversary.

   29 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, to mark the 49th anniversary of its independence.

   29 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Omar Hassan Ahmad al-Bashir, president of Sudan, to mark the 20th anniversary of the Sudanese revolution.

   29 Rodong Sinmun, organ of the WPK, criticizes Seoul for preparing to carry out a U.N. resolution sanctioning the North for its May 25 nuclear test, calling the move a "grave anti-North provocation that has never existed in the history of inter-Korean relations."

   29 A ceremony is held in Sariwon to mark the completion of the 900-seater North Hwanghae Provincial Art Theater, attended by Kim Yong-nam and Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the SPA.

   30 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the Hamhung Semiconductor Materials Factory and the Hamhung Branch of the State Academy of Sciences.

   30 The 35th National School Children's Sports Contest for Jongil Peak Prize closes with due ceremony in Nampho.

   30 The Sports Contest for the Pochonbo Torch Prize that opened on June 3 closes with due ceremony in Wonsan, Kangwon Province.

   30 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to the 13th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union to be held in Libya.

  
July
1 A delegation of the State Archives Administration of China headed by its Deputy Director-General Yang Jibo arrives in Pyongyang.

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