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2009/11/05 10:53 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 79 (November 5, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between Oct. 29-Nov. 4, 2009.

  
October
29 An education ministry delegation led by Ryang Hak-sun, a deputy minister, leaves Pyongyang for a visit to Russia.

   29 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), confers with the delegation of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan headed by Ko Tok-u, vice-chairman, at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   29 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Daniyar Usenov upon his appointment as prime minister of Kyrgyzstan.

   29 Torben Due, acting UN resident coordinator in Pyongyang, arranges a reception on the occasion of the UN Day, attended by Pak Kil-yon, vice minister of Foreign Affairs.

   30 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk on his 87th birthday.

   30 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il gave on-site guidance to the Suphung Power Station.

   30 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greetings to Jonas Gahr Store upon being reappointed as foreign minister of Norway.

   31 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to the Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on the 55th anniversary of the start of the revolution in Algeria.

   31 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Jens Stoltenberg upon being reelected prime minister of Norway.

   31 A Workers' Party delegation headed by Choe Thae-bok returns home after wrapping up a visit to China.

   31 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Baldwin Spencer, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, on the occasion of its 28th independence day.

   31 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Sukhbaataryn Batbold upon his appointment as prime minister of Mongolia.

   31 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Ahmed Ouyahia, prime minister of Algeria, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the start of the revolution in Algeria.

   31 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to technologically updated industrial establishments and a chicken farm in North Pyongan Province.

  
November
1 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Denis Sassou Nguesso, Congolese president, on his 66th birthday.

   2 A foreign ministry spokesman presses for direct dialogue with the United States, saying if Washington is not ready for bilateral talks Pyongyang will "go its own way."

   2 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a congratulatory message to Phandu T. C. Skelemani upon his reappointment as foreign minister of Botswana.

   2 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Nicholas Liverpool, president of the Commonwealth of Dominica, on the occasion of the 31st anniversary of its independence.

   2 The KCNA says Premier Kim Yong-il sent a message of greetings to Jose Socrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa on Oct. 27 on his appointment as prime minister of Portugal.

   2 Pak Ui-chun sends a congratulatory message to Phandu T. C. Skelemani upon his
reappointment as minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for Botswana.

   3 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Angela Merkel upon her reelection as chancellor of Germany.

   3 The KCNA says North Korea has completed reprocessing spent fuel rods and made "noticeable successes" in weaponizing plutonium extracted from them.

   3 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Hamid Karzai upon his reelection as president of Afghanistan.

   4 A preview of a feature film titled "A Day of Training" is held in Pyongyang, attended by ranking officials of the party, government and the military.

   4 A meeting is held in Pyongyang to deliver transport equipment presented by leader Kim Jong-il to the Central Tree Nursery.

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