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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 102 (April 15, 2010)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between April 8-14.

  
April
8 Preparations for the 2nd April Spring People's Art Festival are made in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK/ North Korea) to commemorate the Day of the Sun, the birth anniversary of late President Kim Il-sung (April 15).

   8 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says leader Kim Jong-Il was presented with a floral basket by the family of Zhang Weihua, an anti-Japanese revolutionary martyr of China, on the occasions of the Day of the Sun and the 17th anniversary of his election as chairman of the National Defense Commission of the DPRK.

   8 Deputies to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) who will participate in the 2nd Session of the 12th SPA visit the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang, where Kim Il-sung's embalmed body lies in state, to pay homage to him.

   8 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il received a floral basket and a congratulatory letter from the diplomatic corps in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   8 Meetings of youth and students, agricultural workers, workers and trade union members and women's union members are held between April 6 and 8 to celebrate the 17th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's election as chairman of the National Defense Commission.

   8 Deputies to the Second Session of the 12th SPA lay a wreath and bouquets before the bust of Kim Jong-suk, Kim Jong-il's mother, at the Revolutionary Martyrs Cemetery on Mt. Taesong.

   8 Personages and delegations of different countries fly into Pyongyang to commemorate the Day of the Sun.

   8 A spokesman for the General Guidance Bureau for the Development of Scenic Spots of the DPRK announces the freeze of South Korean assets in the Mt. Kumgang resort.

   9 The 15th April Holiday Food Festival, which started at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang on April 6 to mark Day of the Sun, closes.

   9 A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry denounces the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review for proving that the present U.S. administration "still regards nukes as a mainstay in carrying out its strategy for world domination".

   9 The 2nd Session of the 12th SPA is held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   9 Ten-day film shows open to commemorate the Day of the Sun, President Kim Il-sung's birth anniversary, in Pyongyang.

   10 The head of the North's delegation to the inter-Korean general-level military talks urges the South to discontinue the anti-DPRK psychological campaign.

   10 A delegation of Koreans in Japan arrives in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   11 Minju Joson says North Korea's measure regarding the tour to Mt. Kumgang is the inevitable consequence of South Korea's escalation of confrontation with its fellow countrymen.

   11 IAAF-the 23rd Mangyongdae Prize Marathon takes place in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   11 The Second April Spring People's Art Festival opens at the People's Palace of Culture.

   11 Chinese delegations and figures arrive in Pyongyang by train to participate in the 12th Kimilsungia Festival.

   12 Rodong Sinmun editorially calls for glorifying the Juche idea of President Kim Il-sung in practice.

   12 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, sends a message of condolences to Bronislaw Komorowski, speaker of Sejm of the Republic of Poland, for the death of President Lech Aleksander Kaczynski in a plane crash.

   12 The Economic and Commercial Councilors Corps in Pyongyang lays a floral basket before the statue of Kim Il-sung on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il received a gift from the board director of the Shenyang Korean Trade and Investment Consultating Ltd. of China and his party participating in the 12th Kimilsungia Festival.

   12 Diplomatic envoys of different countries and representatives of international organization in Pyongyang visit Mangyongdae on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   12 The 12th Kimilsungia Festival opens with due ceremony in Pyongyang.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the newly-built E-Library at Kim Il-sung University.

   12 The (North) Korean Art Gallery opens to visitors after being rebuilt to meet the requirements of the era of Songun (military-first).

   12 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il received a message of greetings from Dmitri Medvedev, president of Russia, on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   13 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il is presented with a floral basket by Johnny Hon, chairman of the International Kim Il-sung Foundation, on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   13 The Ministry of Public Health General Dental Hospital opens in the DPRK with due ceremony.

   13 Officials in charge of cultural and friendly relations of foreign embassies in Pyongyang visit the venue of the 12th Kimilsungia Festival on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   13 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il is presented with a floral basket by Mahmoud Abbas, chief of the Palestinian National Authority, on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   13 The 12th meeting of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the International Institute of the Juche Idea is held in Pyongyang.

   13 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il watched a combined exercise of Large Combined Unit 567 of the (North) Korean People's Army staged on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   13 Souheil Haidar, charge d' affairs ad interim of Syria, hosts a reception at his embassy on the occasions of the Day of the Sun and the independence day of Syria.

   13 Ranking party and cabinet officials visit the Polish embassy in Pyongyang to express condolences over the deaths of Lech Aleksander Kaczynski, president of Poland, and his wife.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il was presented with a congratulatory letter by the military attaches corps in Pyongyang on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il sent educational aid funds and stipends for the democratic national education of the children of Koreans in Japan.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il issues Order No. 0045 on raising the military ranks of commanding officers of the (North) Korean People's Army.

   14 A German parliamentary delegation, led by Peter Gauweiler, leaves Pyongyang after wrapping up a three-day visit.

   14 The KCNA says the newly-built E-Library at Kim Il-sung University has been completed.

   14 A national meeting to commemorate the 98th birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung is held at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium.

   14 Kim Yong-nam meets with the Japan-DPRK friendship delegation led by Kaoru Nakamaru, chairperson of the International Affairs Institute for World Peace, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

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