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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 118 (August 5, 2010)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from July 29-August 4, 2010.

  
July
29 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Mohamed VI, king of Morocco, on the occasion of its national day.

   29 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports that the country's light industry factories have boosted the output of consumer goods as of mid-July, surpassing this year's plan at 117 percent.

   29 North Korea and China sign an inter-governmental agreement on economic and technical cooperation in Pyongyang. The agreement is signed by Ri Ryong-nam, North's minister of foreign trade, and Chinese Ambassador to North Korea Liu Hongcai.

   29 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Gerhard Thiedemann, German ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   29 The KCNA reports that a dam at the Kumya River Power Station is completed in the country's east coastal area. The dam will create a power base with water in the upper reaches of Kumya River and also provide water for tens of thousands hectares of paddies.

   29 Kim Yong-il, director of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), holds talks with Hu Zhengyue, assistant to the foreign minister of China.

   29 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of sympathy to Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan, in connection with an airliner accident in Islamabad that caused many casualties.

   30 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, holds talks with Hu Zhengyue, assistant to the foreign minister of China, and his party at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   30 The United Nations Command and North Korea hold colonel-level military talks at Panmunjom to discuss the investigation results of the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan.

   30 The KCNA reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to various industrial facilities in Jagang Province.

   30 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Doris Leuthard, president of Switzerland, on the occasion of its national day.

   30 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun holds talks with his counterpart from Myanmar, U Nyan Win. In the meeting, the two sides discuss issues of developing relations and regional and international issues of mutual concern. Pak also pays a courtesy call on Prime Minister Thein Sein.

   30 Chinese President Hu Jintao receives credentials from the North Korean ambassador to his country, according to the KCNA. The report witheld the identity of the envoy, but the KCNA reported in April that Choe Pyong-gwan, a former director general of consul affairs at the foreign ministry, was appointed as the North's ambassador to China.

   31 The KCNA reports that Kim Jong-il inspected a foodstuff factory and other light industry establishments in Kanggye City.

   31 The KCNA denounces a recently concluded joint naval exercise by the U.S. and South Korea, saying that the "war maneuvers" may bring about a second Korean War.

  
August
2 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Gjorgje Ivanov, president of Macedonia, on its national day.

   2 The KCNA reports that Kim Young-nam sent a message of greetings to Thomas Boni Yayi, president of Benin, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its independence on July 30.

   2 North Korea begins its two-month-long mass gymnastics extravaganza, the Arirang Festival. Performed by some 100,000 people, the 80-minute show features synchronized acrobatics, gymnastics, dances and flip-card mosaic animation.

   2 The KCNA reports that Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the February Vinalon Complex.

   2 Pak Ui-chun holds talks with Marty Natalegawa, Indonesian foreign minister, at the latter's country, where they exchanged views on boosting bilateral relations and other issues of mutual concern.

   3 The North's military command overseeing the inter-Korean border warns that South Korea's planned five-day anti-submarine drills near the Yellow Sea border amount to an "undisguised military intrusion" and will be met with a physical response.

   3 The North's military command overseeing the inter-Korean border warns that Seoul's planned anti-submarine drills amount to an "undisguised military intrusion" and will be met with a physical response.

   3 A national consumer goods exhibition opens at the Central Light Industrial Sample Exhibition in Pyongyang.

   3 The KCNA reports that Kim Jong-il gave field guidance to the Songun Foundry of the Ryongsong Machine Complex and the construction site of the gasification project at the Hungnam Fertilizer Complex. In a separate report, the KCNA says that Kim visited the South Hamgyong Provincial Consumer Goods Exhibition.

   4 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the construction site of the Kumya River Power Station located in South Hamgyong Province.

   4 A Sino-DPRK (North Korea) friendly visiting group, led by Xin Qi, vice president of the China Association for International Friendly Contact, arrives in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteer Army into the Korean Front.

   4 The KCNA says the Pyongyang Silk Shop was recently opened on Mansudae Street in Pyongyang.

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