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2009/12/24 10:55 KST
NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 86 (December 24, 2009)

  
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

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

  
December
17 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, emir of Qatar, on its independence day.

   17 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani on the independence day of Qatar.

   17 A delegation of U.S. businessmen headed by General Charles Boyd, president and CEO of the BENS (Business Executives for National Security), leaves Pyongyang, ending a four-day visit.

   17 Kim Yong-nam meets with a group of Koreans in Japan, led by Kwon Sun-hee, advisor to the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, which is visiting the socialist homeland on the 50th anniversary of the repatriation of Koreans from the country.

   17 The North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says research on wild mushrooms was successfully conducted in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/ North Korea).

   17 Women from various embassies and missions of international organizations in Pyongyang visit the Revolutionary Museum of the Ministry of Railways on the 92nd birth anniversary of Kim Jong-suk, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's mother.

   17 A national memorial service for O Jung-hup, a commander under former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung's anti-Japanese guerrilla unit, takes place at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on the 70th anniversary of his death.

   17 The KCNA says the "bellicose" forces of the South Korean army committed a military provocation in waters of the West Sea on the extension of the frontline.

   17 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to Chongjin University of Mining and Metallurgy.

   17 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the Kimchaek Iron and Steel Complex to kindle the torch for the drive in the new year.

   18 The KCNA says the Social Science Book Publishing House of the DPRK has brought out new books.

   18 The KCNA says workers of the Chollima Steel Complex are giving a full display of the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance which prevailed in Kangson in the period of post-war rehabilitation and construction.

   18 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Traian Basescu upon his reelection as Romanian president.

   18 The Sariwon Martyrs Cemetery is unveiled with due ceremony. The cemetery in scenic Mt. Jongbang contains the remains of more than 40 martyrs who dedicated their all to the struggle for the country's liberation and its prosperity and reunification.

   18 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to SamirRifai upon his appointment as prime minister of Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

   19 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greetings to Hor Nam Hong, deputy prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Cambodia.

   19 Documentary film Father of Soldiers (2) is screened at the People's Palace of Culture to mark the 18th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   19 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the Songjin Steel Complex which completed the Juche iron production system.

   20 A week of Swiss film show opens with due ceremony at Taedongmun Cinema on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Switzerland.

   21 Rodong Sinmun reports that President Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-suk, an anti-Japanese heroine, were awarded honorary citizenship and a provincial key in Cotopaxi Province, Ecuador.

   21 A spokesman for the Navy Command of the KPA releases a statement clarifying the stand of the KPA to defend by a physical force the extension of the Military Demarcation Line the DPRK set in the waters of the West Sea of Korea.

   21 A protocol on the amendment to the trade agreement between the governments of the DPRK and Brazil is signed in Pyongyang.

   21 The KCNA says the year of 2009 has witnessed increased production in the DPRK of monumental masterpieces to put the Songun (military-first)-based literature and art on a higher level.

   21 A meeting of youth and students is held at the Central Youth Hall in Pyongyang and that of agricultural workers at the Chilgol Farm in Mangyongdae District on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the KPA.

   21 Blaise Godet, Swiss ambassador to the DPRK, holds a reception at the Taedong River Diplomatic Corps Club in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the DPRK and the Swiss Confederation.

   21 Chorn Hay, Cambodian ambassador to the DPRK, hosts a reception at his embassy on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Cambodia.

   21 Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, gives a reception at his embassy on the occasion of the New Year.

   22 Rodong Sinmun blasts U.S. "warmongers" for mounting a "preemptive attack" on the DPRK by staging a joint military exercise with South Korea on Dec. 16-18, and lambasts it for not the "slightest intention" of changing its policy toward the DPRK.

   22 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il receives a floral basket and a congratulatory letter from the military attache corps in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of his assumption of the supreme commandership of the Korean People's Army.

   22 The economic and commercial councilors corps in Pyongyang lay bouquets before the bust of Kim Jong-suk at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt. Taesong on the occasion of her 92nd birth anniversary.

   22 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il receives a New Year's card from Hu Jintao, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

   22 Representatives and staff members of foreign embassies in Pyongyang visit the Kim Jong-suk Pyongyang Silk Mill on the 92nd birth anniversary of Kim Jong-suk.

   22 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il is presented with a gift from Jiang Zemin, former general secretary of the CPC Central Committee, on the occasion of the New Year.

   22 The military attaches corps in Pyongyang visit the (North) Korean Revolution Museum on the occasion of the 18th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the KPA.

   23 A national exhibition of landscape paintings and handicraft opens to commemorate the 92nd birth anniversary of Kim Jong-suk, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's mother.

   23 The KCNA says an archaeological team of Kimilsung University has discovered a mural tomb and a ruined old astronomical observatory dating back to the period of Koguryo at a construction site in Pyongyang.

   23 A national meeting is held at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to mark the 18th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the KPA.

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