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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 211 (May 24, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from May 17-23, 2012.

  
May
17 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), returns to North Korea after visiting Singapore and Indonesia.

   17 Vice Marshal of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) Kim Jong-gak, also minister of the People's Armed Forces, meets with a Ugandan military delegation headed by Levi Karuhanga Bakyengana, commander of the reserve forces of the Uganda People's Defense Forces.

   17 Vice Premier Kang Sok-ju meets with Alexander Timonin, new Russian ambassador to the DPRK (North Korea), who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   17 Kim Yong-il, party secretary, meets with Manibadrakh Ganbold, new Mongolian ambassador to the DPRK, who paid a courtesy call on him.

   17 A public health delegation led by Kim Myong-chol, vice minister of Public Health, leaves Pyongyang for Switzerland to attend the 65th general assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO).

   17 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the SPA Presidium has revised the Forest Law in nine articles.

   17 The 15th Pyongyang International Spring Trade Fair closes.

   17 The KCNA says Ri Hyon-il came first in the national students academic contest held in Bucharest from May 10 to 12.

   18 Premier Choe Yong-rim inspects the work to develop the Rungna Pleasure Ground for the people.

   18 The KCNA reports a spokesman for the North's Ministry of Post and Telecommunications denied being responsible for the jamming of satellite navigation signals, which affected hundreds of commercial flights and ships in South Korea's border area.

   18 The KCNA says Kim Chun-guk was appointed ambassador to Italy, according to a decree by the SPA Presidium.

   18 A joint concert is given at the music hall of Pyongyang Kimwongyun Conservatory in the DPRK to mark the national day of Norway.

   19 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un enjoyed a performance given by art squads of KPA Large Combined Units 639 and 534.

   19 Boxer Pak Kyong-ok bags a gold medal in the 64kg category at the 7th Women's World Boxing Championships in China.

   19-20 A referee clinic, sponsored by the International Federation of Basketball Association, is held at the Sports Science Library and the Basketball Gymnasium in Chongchun Street in Pyongyang.

   20 Premier Choe Yong-rim acquaints himself with the progress made in projects for expanding the capabilities of the water culture hot houses of the Pyongyang Vegetable Science Institute and the greenhouses of the Pyongyang Floricultural Institute on site.

   21 A delegation from the Football Association led by Kim Jong-su, vice minister of Physical Culture and Sports, leaves Pyongyang for Hungary to attend the 62nd Conference of FIFA.

   21 Kent Harstedt, a lawmaker from the Social Democratic Party of Sweden, arrives in Pyongyang.

   22 Choe Ryong-hae, a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) and director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, learns about a renovation project at the Mangyongdae Fun Fair.

   22 A spokesman for the North's Foreign Ministry says the North never had planned a nuclear test after its rocket launch, because it sought to launch a scientific and technical satellite.

   23 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un inspected KPA Unit 1501, accompanied by Choe Ryong-hae and Jang Song-thaek.

   23 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un had a photo session with the servicepersons of the unit, with Choe Ryong-hae and Jang Song-thaek attending.

   23 Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the SPA, meets with Kent Harstedt, lawmaker of the Social Democratic Party of Sweden, who paid a courtesy call on him, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   23 An event for marking World Malaria Day is held in Phongui-ri in Sariwon City, North Hwanghae Province.

  (END)
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