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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 119 (August 12, 2010)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Aug. 5-11, 2010.

5 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il provided field guidance to the construction site of the nearly completed Kumya River Army-People Power Station located in South Hamgyong Province.

   5 The KCNA says the February 16 Science and Technology Prize is awarded to scientists, technicians and officials of merit.

   5 A ceremony is held to commemorate the completion of the Ryesong River Youth Power Station No. 2. The KCNA reports that the power station will help the country cope with "the acute electricity shortage" and contribute to the economic development.

   5 The KCNA reports that some 5,560 houses, 350 public buildings and production facilities were destroyed in July's torrential rains throughout North Korea.

   5 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greetings to Laurent Gbagbo, president of the Ivory Coast, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its independence.

   5 Kim Jong-il receives a gift by the Sino-DPRK friendly visiting group led by Xin Qi, vice president of the Association for International Friendly Contact of China.

   6 Premier Choe Yong-rim sends a message of greetings to Bruce Golding, prime minister of Jamaica, on the 48th anniversary of its independence.

   7 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun returns home after attending the ASEAN Regional Forum and the Special Ministerial Meeting for Millennium Development Goals Review in Asia and the Pacific and visiting Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Indonesia.

   8 A Chinese public security delegation headed by Liu Jing, executive vice minister of Public Security, arrives in North Korea by train.

   9 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to S. R. Nathan, president of Singapore, on the occasion of its 45th national day.

   9 Diplomatic envoys and staff members of embassies of ASEAN countries visit the Taedong River Combined Fruit Farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of the founding of ASEAN.

   9 A Chinese youth friendship delegation led by Zhou Zhangkui, secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League of China, arrives in North Korea.

   9 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of sympathy to Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan, in connection with the recent flood that hit several regions of Pakistan, claiming many casualties and material losses.

   9 A reception is held for diplomatic envoys of ASEAN countries to North Korea on the 43rd founding anniversary of ASEAN.

   9 The KCNA says that North Korea recently enacted a new "resident administrative law" aimed at providing better administrative support regarding people's livelihoods, a new labor protection law and a bill stipulating the principles and missions of (North) Korea's Chamber of Commerce.

   10 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Idriss Deby, president of Chad, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of its independence.

   10 The American-led United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea hold their fourth round of talks over the sinking of a South Korean warship but make no progress in arranging general-level talks.

   11 The KCNA says that Han Sang-ryeol, a South Korean pastor who made an unauthorized trip to North Korea, plans to return home through Panmunjom, the truce village, on Aug. 15. The reverend traveled to the North in June to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of a historic inter-Korean summit. The trip was not approved by Seoul.

   11 North Korea's Ministry of People's Security receives donated aid materials from the Ministry of Public Security of China. The two sides also held vice ministerial talks on issues of boosting exchanges and cooperation.