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2009/09/24 10:45 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 73 (September 24, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between Sept. 17-23, 2009.

  
September
17 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with a delegation of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party led by Asang Laoly, a party secretary, at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   17 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, confers with the delegation of the Laos-Korea Friendship Association led by Vice-Chairman Khamphanh Sitthidampha, who is secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Youth Union, at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   17 A delegation of foreign affairs officials of the Chinese People's Liberation Army led by Major General Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense, arrives in Pyongyang.

   17 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a national contest of hygienic propaganda teams made up of health officials is held in Anju City, South Pyongan Province from Sept. 15 to 17.

   17 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance at the Huichon Power Station construction site.

   17 Kim Yong-nam, together with State Councilor of the People's Republic of China Dai Bingguo, acting as special envoy of Hu Jintao, watched the opera "The Dream of the Red Chamber" at the Pyongyang Grand Theater.

   17 The M.E. Pyatnichki Russian State Academic People's Chorus, on a visit to North Korea, gives its premiere in Wonsan, Kangwon Province.

   18 Kim Jong-il meets with Chinese special envoy Dai Bingguo.

   18 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile, in observance of its independence day.

   18 The SPA Presidium issues a decree to appoint Pak Su-gil as vice premier of the Cabinet and minister of finance, replacing Kim Wan-su.

   18 Dai Bingguo leaves Pyongyang to return home.

   18 A delegation of the Vietnam Journalists Association headed by Permanent Deputy President Le Quoc Trung and Eddie Kekana, chairman of the Group for the Study of the Progressive Ideas of South Africa, fly into Pyongyang.

   18 The Democratic Women's Union holds a meeting in Pyongyang to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-suk, Kim Jong-il's mother.

   18 The SPA Presidium issues a decree to set up the State Science and Technology Commission.

   19 A North Korean delegation led by Pak Kil-yon, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, leaves Pyongyang to participate in the 64th UN General Assembly.

   19 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Denzil Douglas, prime minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis, on the occasion of the 26th anniversary of its independence.

   19 Delegates from Germany, Australia, Austria, and Vietnam, along with Chinese Hong Kong and Taipei, arrive in Pyongyang to participate in the 5th Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair.

   19 Vice Marshal Kim Yong-chun, minister of the people's armed forces, meets with the delegation of foreign affairs officials of the Chinese People's Liberation Army led by Maj. General Qian Lihua, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Ministry of National Defense.

   19 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Edward Fenech-Adami, president of Malta, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of its independence.

   21 The Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea issues a report on the "successful" conclusion of the "150-day battle" for economic development and calls upon the people to turn out for a similar 100-day campaign.

   21 A remembrance concert, "The Great Life," is held in Pyongyang to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-suk.

   21 A delegation of People's Daily of China led by Zhang Yannong arrives in Pyongyang for a visit.

   21 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Jose Manuel Barroso upon his reelection as president of the European Commission.

   21 The 5th Pyongyang Autumn International Trade Fair opens with due ceremony in Pyongyang, attended by O Su-yong, vice premier of the Cabinet, and Ri Ryong-nam, minister of Foreign Trade.

   21 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the independence of Belize.

   21 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Serge Sarkissian, president of Armenia, marking its national day.

   21 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Amadou Toumani, president and head of state of Mali, on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of the proclamation of Mali.

   21 A reception is given by Jose Manuel Galego Montano, ambassador of Cuba to North Korea, at his embassy on occasion of the 61st founding anniversary of North Korea, attended by Yang Hyong-sop, Kim Yong-jin, minister of Education who is chairman of the Korean Committee for Solidarity with Cuba.

   22 Delegates of banks and companies from Russia, Mozambique, Mongolia, India, Thailand and France arrive in Pyongyang to participate in the celebrations of the 50th founding anniversary of the Foreign Trade Bank of North Korea.

   22 A national memorial service is held in Pyongyang to observe the 60th anniversary of the death of Kim Jong-suk.

   22 A military delegation of the Korean People's Army led by Pak Jae-gyong, vice minister of the People's Armed Forces, leaves Pyongyang to visit China.

   23 Premier Kim Yong-il meets with ddelegates of various countries participating in celebrations for the North's Foreign Trade Bank at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   23 Kim Yong-nam meets with the delegation of People's Daily of China headed by its President Zhang Yannong at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   23 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Malam Bacai Sanha, president of Guinea-Bissau, marking the 36th anniversary of the proclamation of the republic.

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