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2009/08/27 10:37 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 69 (August 27, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between August 20-26, 2009.

  
August
20 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Mohamed VI, king of Morocco, on his 46th birthday.

   20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Hungary's President Laszlo Solyom on his country's national day.

   20 The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says an agreement on establishing provincial relations between South Hwanghae Province and Los Rios Province of Ecuador was signed on July 23.

   20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Mohamed VI, king of Morocco, on his 46th birthday.

   20 The KCNA says the 10th national educators contest was held in Pyongyang from Aug. 18-20.

   20 The KCNA says Wu Dawei, China's vice minister of foreign affairs, led a delegation on a visit to North Korea on Aug. 17-21.

   20 South Korea's National Red Cross proposes talks with the North's national Red Cross be held from Aug. 26-28 on Mt. Kumgang to discuss arranging a fresh round of temporary reunions of families separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.

   20 South Korea's Unification Ministry says Pyongyang announced a plan to lift restrictions on border crossings imposed on Dec. 1 of last year beginning Aug. 21. The North also decided to normalize the suspended operation of the only cross-border cargo train service and reopen the inter-Korean joint office on economic cooperation programs, the ministry says.

   21-23 A six-member North Korean delegation led by Kim Ki-nam, secretary of the Workers' Party, visits Seoul to pay respects to the late former South Korean president Kim Dae-jung.

   21 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

   21 A national meeting is held by youth and students in Pyongyang to mark the 49th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of Songun (military-first) leadership, attended by Kim Jung-rin, secretary of the Workers' Party.

   21 A performance is given by the art squad of the Central Committee of the Kimilsung Socialist Youth League in Pyongyang to mark the 49th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of Songun leadership.

   22 Kenichi Ogami, secretary general of the International Institute of the Juche Idea, and his party flies into Pyongyang for a visit.

   22 South Korea's Unification Minister Hyun In-taek meets with his North Korean counterpart, Kim Yang-gon, during the latter's visit to Seoul as part of a delegation to pay respects to the late former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

   23 The North Korean delegation led by Kim Ki-nam pays a visit to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

   23 The North Korean delegation returns home.

   24 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Viktor Yusenko, president of Ukraine, on his country's national day.

   24 A Polish photo exhibition opens at the Pyongyang International Cultural Center.

   24 A national meeting is held in Pyongyang to mark the 49th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's start of Songun leadership, attended by Ri Yong-ho, chief of the General Staff of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   25 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il, together with army servicepersons, enjoyed a music skit put on by the Kangwon Provincial Art Troupe.

   25 The Taedong River-crossing contest in Pyongyang is held to mark national Youth Day.

   25 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the newly rebuilt May 11 Smeltery.

   25 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of KPA Vice Marshal Jang Song-u, member of the Workers' Party Central Committee, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   26 South and North Korean Red Cross officials hold a meeting to arrange a new round of family reunions at a resort in North Korea's Mt. Kumgang.

   26 The KCNA says Ri Myong-chol was appointed as ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a decree by the SPA Presidium.

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