NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 63 (July 16, 2009) |
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW
SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between July 9-15, 2009.
9 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), receives credentials from Arnaldo Carrilho, Brazilian ambassador to North Korea, at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.
9 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Frederique de Menezes, president of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the independence of the country and the proclamation of the republic.
9 A reception is given at the North Korean embassy in Beijing to mark the 48th year of the conclusion of the DPRK (North Korea)-China Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance.
9 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the regular mass gymastic display "Arirang" will be staged at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang from August 10 to late September.
9 A national meeting is held in Pyongyang to mark the 115th birth anniversary of Kim Hyong-jik, deceased grandfather of leader Kim Jong-il, attended by Kim Yong-nam.
10 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to S. Bayar, prime minister of Mongolia, on the occasion of the 88th anniversary of the Mongolian people's revolution, a national holiday of the Mongolian people.
10 Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to his Bahamian counterpart Hubert Alexander Ingraham on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the independence of the country.
10 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorzh, president of Mongolia, on the occasion of the 88th anniversary of the victorious Mongolian people's revolution.
10 The KCNA warns, quoting an organization handling the Kaesong Industrial Complex, it will take "firm action" on the troubled joint industrial zone unless Seoul takes a more sincere approach to bilateral talks.
10 The KCNA says the country conducted a "post-survey" to evaluate the first joint census with the United Nations in 15 years, taking a one percent sample of the entire population and found that the margin of error in the population count was "very low." The door-to-door survey was conducted between October 1-15 last year, with the final tally expected to be released in October this year. The preliminary count, reported in February, was 24,050,000.
11 Kim Yong-nam leaves Pyongyang to attend the 15th summit of non-aligned countries to be held in Egypt.
11 The State Academy Beryozka Dancing Troupe of Russia, named after N.S. Nadezhdina and led by its Head Mira Koltsova, flies into Pyongyang.
11 Hao Xiaofei, charge d'affaires ad interim of the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang, gives a reception at her embassy on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the conclusion of the DPRK-China Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance, attended by Yang Hyong-sop, vice-chairman of the SPA Presidium.
13 Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Yang Yunji Philemon upon his appointment as prime minister of Cameroon.
13 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the newly-built Taedong River Tile Factory.
13 Kim Yong-nam arrives in the Egyptian city of Sharm El Sheikh to attend the 15th summit of non-aligned countries.
13 The Pyongyang Schoolchildren's Art Troupe gives its premiere in Beijing on the occasion of the "North Korea-China friendship year."
14 A meeting and a film show take place at the Taedonggang Diplomatic Corps Club on the occasion of the month of solidarity between the North Korean and Cuban peoples, attended by Charge d'Affaires ad Interim Enrique Montoto Cruz and staff members of the Cuban embassy in Pyongyang.
14 The State Academy Beryozka Dancing Troupe of Russia named after N.S. Nadezhdina gives its premiere at the Pyongyang Grand Theater, attended by North Korean Minister of Culture Kang Nung-su, vice-chairperson of the Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries.