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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 117 (July 29, 2010)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from July 22-28.

22 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Muhammad Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president, on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of the July 23 revolution, recognized as a national holiday in Egypt.

   22 The Egyptian embassy holds a gathering marking the 58th anniversary of Egypt's July 23 revolution at the DPRK (North Korea)-Egypt Friendship Pyongyang Textile Mill.

   22 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the SPA, holds meetings with the chairman of the Standing Committee of the Chinese National People's Congress and speakers of the parliaments of Cuba, Syria, Mongolia, India and Iran.

   23 KCNA reports that 68 people and children in Unsan of North Phyongan Province, Sinhung and Hamhung areas of South Hamgyong Province were rescued from serious floods that hit those areas a day earlier.

   23 A group of unidentified senior party and government officials visits the recently reclaimed Taegyedo Tideland in North Pyongan Province.

   23 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to the 15th Summit of the African Union to be held in Uganda.

   24 A spokesman for the National Defense Commission (NDC) issues a statement saying that the DPRK plans to boost its "nuclear deterrence" in reaction to South Korea's and the U.S.'s planned joint naval drill in the East Sea.

   24 KCNA reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il enjoyed an acrobatic performance given by the Pyongyang Circus.

   24 Choe Thae-bok and his party return home after attending the Third World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.

   24 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, on the occasion of the 163rd anniversary of the country's independence.

   24 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun holds talks with Pham Gia Khiem, deputy prime minister and foreign minister of Vietnam, in Hanoi and exchanges information on mutual concern and ideas to boost bilateral relations.

   25 KCNA, in response to the commencement of a joint South Korea-U.S. navy drill, says in a commentary that the country is prepared for "any war of aggression to be launched by the U.S."

   25 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Mohamed Nasheed, president of the Republic of Maldives, on the occasion of its independence day.

   26 The Rodong Sinmun, the paper for the Workers' Party of (North) Korea, blasts the joint South Korea-U.S. naval drill, calling it a "saber rattling and a prelude to another Korean War."

   26 Kim Yong-nam meets with Swedish Ambassador to the DPRK, Mats Foyer, who gave him a farewell call at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   26 Top party, military and government officials gather at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium Monday to mark the 57th anniversary of the armistice of the Korean War, which falls on the following day.

   26 Pak Ui-chun pays a courtesy call to Laos President Choummaly Saynasone in the latter's country. He also meets with Thongloun Sisoulth, vice-prime minister and foreign minister of Laos, to discuss on way to strengthen bilateral relations.

   27 KCNA reports that South Korean Rev. Han Sang-ryeol, toured Mt. Paektu and visited battle sites of Korea's struggle for freedom from the 1910-1945 colonial under Japan. 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.

   27 North Korea observes the 57th anniversary of the Korean War armistice throughout the country in small and large events. A large concert takes place at the East Pyongyang Theatre by artists of the Mansudae Art Troupe and the State Symphony Orchestra.

   27 KCNA says Kim Jong-il, along with senior military and government officials, attended a concert by the State Merited Chorus, but does not report when and where it took place.

   28 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Alan Garcia Perez, president of Peru, on the occasion of the 189th anniversary of its independence.
28 Choe Thae-bok holds talks with the delegation of the Vietnam Farmers' Union led by the chairman of its Central Committee, Nguyen Quoc Cuong, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.