SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from July 1-7.
1 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il meets and has a photo session with members of art groups who proved successful in the third round of the second-term contests among art groups comprised of family members of the (North) Korea People's Army (KPA) service persons.
1 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Paul Kagame, president of Rwanda, on the occasion of its national day.
1 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, meets with the delegation of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television of China, led by Vice Minister Tian Jin, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.
2 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of congratulations to Christian Wulff upon his election as president of Germany.
2 Premier Choe Yong-rim sends a congratulatory message to Petr Necas upon his appointment as prime minister of the Czech Republic.
2 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) refutes the declaration adopted at the Canada G-8 summit which criticized the DPRK (North Korea), linking the country to the Cheonan case.
2 Ambassador Chaleune Warinthrasak and staff members of the Lao embassy in Pyongyang do friendly work on the DPRK (North Korea)-Laos Friendship Taewon Vegetable Cooperative Farm in Sadong District, Pyongyang.
3 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Pal Schmitt upon his election as president of the Republic of Hungrary.
3 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greetings to Sergei Martinov, foreign minister of Belarus, on its national day.
3 The Publishing House of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) bring out the "Sun of Juche", Vol. 1 of the 5-volume book "Comrade Kim Il-sung", on the occasion of the centenary of is birth.
4 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Pedro Pires, President of the Republic of Cape Verde, on occasion of the 35th anniversary of the independence of Cape Verde and the proclamation of its republic.
4 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi, president of Comoros, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of its independence.
4 The state Russia's Moiseyev Dance Company give a performance at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater during a visit to North Korea.
5 A delegation of the Red Cross Society of China, led by Vice President Hao Linna, arrives in Pyongyang by air.
5 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Bingu wa Mutharika, president of Malawi, on the 46th anniversary of its independence.
5 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greetings to his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro Moros on the independence day of the country.
6 Premier Choe Yong-rim meets with Chinese ambassador to North Korea Liu Hongcai at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.
6 A spokesman for the Foreign Ministry says, "The DPRK will not agree to discuss the sinking at the U.N. Military Truce Commission because it would help the U.S. and South Korea deflect its demand that an inspection team be invited," calling for a new investigation into the sinking of the Cheonan that has been blamed on the socialist country.
7 Kim Jong-il gives field guidance to the newly built process for the production of sliced vegetables preserved in soy sauce at the Combined Foodstuff Factory of the KPA Unit 534.
7 Kim Jong-il provides field guidance to the construction site of the Wonsan Army-People Power Station in Kangwon Province.
7 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Bronislaw Komorowski upon his election as Polish president.
7 A ceremony is held in Pyongyang to deliver aid materials donated by the Red Cross Society of China.