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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 116 (July 22, 2010)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from July 15-21.

15 Diplomatic envoys and representatives of international organizations in Pyongyang visit an ostrich farm in the suburbs of Pyongyang.

   15 The U.S.-led United Nations Command and North Korea hold a colonel-level meeting at the Korean border village of Panmunjom over the March 26 sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan. They later agree to hold a general-level meeting on the outcome of a Seoul-led multinational investigation on the naval disaster, which named the North as the guilty party in the attack.

   15 Premier Choe Yong-rim sends a congratulatory message to Iveta Radicova upon her appointment as prime minister of the Slovak Republic.

   15 Rev. Han Sang-ryol of South Korea ends a three-day visit to the border town of Kaesong. The South Korean pastor traveled to the North last month to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of a historic inter-Korean summit. The trip was not authorized by Seoul.

   16 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the reclaimed Taegyedo Tideland. The gigantic reclamation project was completed in late June, damming the sea in a northwest region of the tideland to turn the vast tidal flat into a large-scale agricultural, fishing and industrial site.

   16 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the newly-built aquiculture ground and oyster farm at the Amnok River Fishery Station.

   16 Rev. Han Sang-ryol meets leaders of the Chondoist Association of (North) Korea, the Christian Federation of (North) Korea, the Buddhist Federation of (North) Korea and the Catholic Association of (North) Korea at Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyongyang.

   17 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of sympathy to Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, president of Uganda, after bomb attacks by extremists in Uganda's capital claimed the lives of dozens of civilians.

   17 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the SPA, leaves for Geneva to participate in the third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.

   17 The KCNA says the prestigious Kim Il-sung Prize is awarded to the design for the Taegyedo Tideland reclamation.

   17 North Korean women's football team trounces New Zealand 2-1 in the second group stage match at the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup, effectively securing a seat at the quarterfinals.

   18 A football match between the under-19 national teams of North Korea and China held at Yanggakdo Football Stadium in Pyongyang. The North defeated China 6-2.

   19 KCNA reports that many areas were hit by heavy rains caused by a subtropical anticyclones and low atmospheric pressure over the central part of the West Sea on Korean Peninsula. The report did not mention any causalities or damages.

   19 A delegation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences led by Vice President Shi Erwei arrives in Pyongyang by air.

   19 The opening ceremony was held for a new training camp for North Korea's national football team. The 2,100-square-meter facility was built under the FIFA's "Goal Project," aimed at helping underdeveloped countries build football fields and other sport facilities.

   19 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il attended an art performance by the art squad of the Kimjongsuk Pyongyang Silk Mill and the itinerant art squad of the Pyongyang Textile Mill.

   20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Albert II, King of Belgium, on the occasion of its national day. He also sends a message of greetings to Alvaro Uribe Velez, president of Colombia, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of its independence.

   20 A delegation headed by Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun leaves for Hanoi to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum, the Special Ministerial Meeting for MDGs Review in Asia and the Pacific later in Jakarta and visit Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.

   21 The Phibada Opera Troupe of the DPRK returns home after wrapping up its performance tour of China with opera "A Dream of Red Mansions."

   21 Unidentified senior officials for the Workers' Party of (North) Korea attend a performance by the art squads of the Kimjongsuk Pyongyang Silk Mill and the Pyongyang Textile Mill at the Mansudae Art Theatre in Pyongyang.

   21 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun arrives in Hanoi to attend the ASEAN Regional Forum, an annual regional security forum.