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2009/12/17 11:41 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 85 (December 17, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between Dec. 10-16.

  
December
10 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special representative for DPRK (North Korea) policy, and his party leave Pyongyang by air after a three-day visit.

   10 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to industrial establishments in Kanggye City.

   10 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with the government delegation of Democratic Congo headed by Ignace Gata Mavita, vice minister of Foreign Affairs, who paid a courtesy call on him.

   10 The KCNA says efforts for preserving red-and-blue paintings, a valuable heritage of the Korean nation, in their original state have been made in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). Red-and-blue painting is a traditional decorative art used in construction of wooden buildings in Korea.

   10 A delegation of the U.S.-DPRK (North Korea) science engagement consortium led by Peter Agre, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Nobel laureate in chemistry, arrives in Pyongyang by air.

   10 A performance is given by the art squad of the Ministry of People's Security at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang, viewed by senior state officials, officials from various ministries and national institutions and working people in Pyongyang.

   10 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a congratulatory message to Evo Morales Aima on his reelection as president of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

   11 A foreign ministry spokesman says Stephen Bosworth, U.S. special representative for DPRK policy, had talks with ranking Pyongyang officials on wide-ranging issues including the conclusion of a peace agreement during his visit on Dec. 8-10. He says the two sides deepened mutual understanding, narrowed their differences and found common ground.

   11 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il visited the Swimming Pool of Kim Il-sung University to watch teachers and students in swim training.

   11 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the updated Pyongyang Cornstarch Factory.

   12 A group of Koreans in Japan led by Kwon Sun-hwi, advisor to the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, arrives in Pyongyang by air to express thanks on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the repatriation of Koreans in Japan.

   14 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, meets with a delegation of the "Korea International Chamber of Commerce" headed by its Honorary President Kerri M. L Zhou at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   14 Rodong Sinmun says it is a historical responsibility and a legal and moral obligation for Japan to honestly admit the monstrous crimes committed by the Japanese imperialists against the Korean people in the past and make appropriate reparations.

   14 A delegation of U.S. businessmen headed by General Charles Boyd, president and CEO of BENS (Business Executives for National Security), flies into Pyongyang.

   14 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of condolence to Bashar Al Assad, president of Syria, over the death of his younger brother Majud Hafez Al Assad from a prolonged illness.

   14 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sends a message of condolence to Bashar Al Assad, regional secretary of the Arab Baath Socialist Party and president of Syria.

   15 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Sheikh Hamad Bin Isa al-Khalifa, King of Bahrain, on the occasion of the country's 48th national day.

   15 A delegation of the Ministry of People's Security led by Minister Ju Sang-song leaves Pyongyang by air to visit China.

   15 Minju Joson says in a commentary that Japan should settle its inglorious past and make due reparation in keeping with the demand and trend of the times, mindful that its future depends on the settlement of its past.

   15 Vice Premier Ro Tu-chol meets with a delegation of U.S. businessmen headed by General Charles Boyd, president and CEO of BENS, at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   15 A delegation of the U.S.-DPRK science engagement consortium led by Peter Agre, president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, leaves Pyongyang for home after discussing cooperation and exchange in the field of scientific research.

   15 The KCNA says new items have been added to the list of the country's natural monuments by recent decisions of the Cabinet of the DPRK.

   15 A national meeting is held at Central Youth Hall in Pyongyang to mark the 50th anniversary of the repatriation of Koreans from Japan.

   15 Kim Jong-il receives a gift from Oliver Jonischkeit, federal secretary of the Left Bloc of the Austrian Trade Union Federation, on a visit to the DPRK.

   15 Jose Manuel Galego Montano, Cuban ambassador to North Korea, gives a reception on the 51st anniversary of the Cuban revolution.

   15 The KCNA says the Natural Energy Development and Utilization Center has built a multi-purpose solar greenhouse with great economic effectiveness.

   16 Rodong Sinmun says the U.S. should withdraw nuclear weapons from Western European countries and South Korea.

   16 The KCNA says a new stamp (souvenir sheet) was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the start of Koreans' repatriation from Japan.

   16 The KCNA says towns and rural communities in mountainous and coastal areas of North Korea have introduced wind power generators of different capacities to produce electricity for their own use.

   16 Kim Yong-nam and Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meet with the delegation of U.S. businessmen headed by General Charles Boyd, president and CEO of BENS.

   16 The KCNA says the population of the DPRK stood at over 24 million as of Oct.1, 2008.

   16 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the Rason Taehung Trading Company.

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