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2009/12/10 11:43 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 84 (December 10, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between Dec. 3-9.

  
December
3 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with a delegation of the Chinese National People's Congress led by Chen Zhili, vice chairwoman of its Standing Committee.

   3 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says mosaics depicting the late President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il were made on several buildings around Pyongyang.

   3 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Supreme People's Assembly, meets with a Ugandan government delegation headed by Namuyangu Kachya Jenipher Byakatonda, minister of water and environment, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   4 North Korean Leader Kim Jong-il makes a scientific clarification of the characteristics of the present times, saying the popular masses are steering the development of history.

   4 Kim Yong-nam meets and has a friendly talk with Chairman of the International Kim Il-sung Foundation Johnny Hon at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   4 The KCNA says North Korea brought out new stamps (four kinds of sheets and a souvenir sheet) to mark the present year, dubbed the Year of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent and the International Year of Astronomy.

   4 A delegation of the People's Government of Beijing Municipality of China led by Vice Mayor Huang Wei arrives in Pyongyang.

   5 A delegation of the SPA led by its Vice Chairman Kim Wan-su leaves Pyongyang to attend the 4th Session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly to be held in Indonesia.

   5 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva marking the national day of the Kingdom of Thailand.

   5 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Bhumibol Adulyadej, king of Thailand, for his birthday and the kingdom's national day.

   5 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Obiang Nguema Mbasogo upon his reelection as president of Equatorial Guinea.

   6 Chen Zhili, visiting vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress, says the year of Sino-DPRK friendship will continued to be remembered throughout history.

   6 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of sympathy to Dmitri Anatolievich Medvedev, president of the Russian Federation, with regards the deadly nightclub fire in the city of Perm.

   7 A governmental delegation of Democratic Republic of Congo headed by Ignace Gata Mavita, vice minister of Foreign Affairs, flies into Pyongyang.

   7 Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund Bijaya Rajbhandari presents his credentials to Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun.

   7 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Hifikepunye Pohamba upon his reelection as president of Namibia.

   8 Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special representative for North Korea policy, and his party arrive in Pyongyang by air.

   8 Kim Yong-nam meets with the government delegation of Democratic Republic of Congo headed by Ignace Gata Mavita, vice minister of Foreign Affairs, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   8 Leader Kim Jong-il is presented with a personal message and a gift by Joseph Kabila, president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

   9 The KCNA says nine cases of the H1N1 virus were reported from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang and Sinuiju, a city bordering China.

   9 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Hungarian Ambassador to the DPRK Miklos Lengyel at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   9 Leader Kim Jong-il provides field guidance to the Kanggye General Tractor Plant put on a
perfect Juche-oriented CNC basis, the KCNA reports, without providing the date of the visit.

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