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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 109 (June 3, 2010)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from May 27-June 2.

  
May
27 The General Staff of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) issues a list of seven crucial measures regarding exchanges and cooperation between the two Koreas.

   27 Kim Yong-nam, chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) sends a message of greeting to Girma Wolde-Giorgis, president of Ethiopia, on the occasion of its national day.

   27 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the Kangdong Area Coal Mining Complex has discovered new coal fields which will boost coal production in a far-sighted way.

   28 A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry releases a statement which says the U.S. is becoming more reckless in its moves to create an atmosphere of international pressure upon the DPRK by referring the case of the warship Cheonan to the U.N. Security Council.

   29 The Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of (North) Korea sends an open letter to the South Korean people, calling upon all of them to turn out for a sacred war to throw the traitors overboard.

   29 The KCNA says a (North) Korean photo, fine art and handicraft exhibition was held in Albania from May 17-26 on the occasion of the 61st anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK (North Korea) and Albania.

   29 A delegation from the Kimilsung Socialist Youth League returns home after wrapping up its visit to Iran.

   29 A mass meeting is held at Orangchon Power Station in Orang County, North Hamgyong Province, to carry out Kim Jong-il's instructions presented during his field guidance to the station.

   29 Johannes Plug, a Social-Democratic Party member in the German Bundestag, and his party leave Pyongyang after wrapping up their six-day visit to North Korea.

   30 A mass meeting in Pyongyang is held at Kimilsung Square to denounce the U.S. and South Korea for their smear campaign against the DPRK and their moves to escalate confrontation with it.

   31 A meeting is held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang to observe World No-Tobacco Day.

   31 The KCNA says An Song-nam, ambassador to Thailand, presents his credentials to Tai Prince.

  
June
1 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Giorgio Napolitano, president of Italy, on the occasion of its national day.

   1 A joint friendly meeting of children and women in Pyongyang and foreign children and women takes place at the Mt. Taesong Pleasure Park, marking the 60th International Children's Day.

   1 The KCNA says new postage stamps have been issued in the DPRK to mark the 60th International Children's Day and the upcoming 2010 South Africa World Cup.

   2 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of Ri Jong-bu, who was a general officer of the KPA and artillery commander, expressing deep condolences over his death.

   2 Kim Jong-il, together with Kim Yong-nam, sends a congratulatory message to Raul Castro Ruz, second secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, on his birthday.

   2 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il enjoyed an art performance given by the art squad of the KPA Unit 963 together with servicepersons of the KPA.

   2 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of congratulations to Choummaly Sayasone, president of Laos, on his birthday.

   2 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Kamla Persad-Bissessar upon her election as prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.

   2 The KCNA says the third round of the premier league soccer matches took place at Kimilsung Square in Pyongyang from May 10-31 as part of the Sports Contest for the Pochonbo Torch Prize.

   2 The KCNA says mass rallies took place in North Pyongan, South Hamgyong and Ryanggang provinces on June 1 and 2 to denounce the U.S. and the Lee Myung-bak administration for their smear campaign against the DPRK.

   2 Officials of the Vietnamese embassy in Pyongyang, including Councilor Nguyen Dinh Duong, carry out friendly work at the DPRK-Vietnam Friendship Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon City, North Hwanghae Province.

   2 Ri Je-gang, first-vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea, dies at 80.

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