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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 215 (June 21, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from June 14-20, 2012.

  
June
14 A delegation from the Ministry of Railways led by Minister Jon Kil-su returned home after taking part in the 40th ministerial meeting of the Railway Cooperation Organization in Azerbaijan.

   14 An event takes place in Pyongyang to mark World Blood Donor Day with Vice Minister of Public Health Kang Ha-guk attending.

   17 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a congratulatory message to Bujar Nishani upon his election as president of Albania.

   15 Premier Choe Yong-rim makes a field survey of the technological updating at the Chollima Steel Complex.

   15 The Sports Contest for Pochonbo Torch Prize, which opened on June 3, closes with due ceremony in Nampho City.

   15 A meeting takes place in Pyongyang to mark the 12th anniversary of the publication of the June 15 Declaration, with Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), and Kim Yong-gon, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), attending.

   16 A delegation from the Red Cross Society headed by Paek Yong-ho, vice chairman of its Central Committee, returned home by air after its visit to Iran.

   17 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to James Alix Michel, president of Seychelles, on its national day.

   17 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says that the military band of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) participated in the First International Far Eastern Military Band Festival in Khabarovsk, Russia, and was awarded festival prize.

   18 Premier Choe Yong-rim makes a field survey of farming at the Chilgol Vegetable Farm in Mangyongdae District and Ryongchon Co-op Farm in Hwangju County, North Hwanghae Province.

   18 A national meeting is held at the April 25 House of Culture to mark the 48th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's start of work at the WPK Central Committee. Kim Ki-nam, a member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the WPK Central Committee, made a report to the meeting.

   19 A delegation from the General Bureau of Civil Aviation headed by its director Kang Ki-sop leaves Pyongyang for Russia.

   19 The 15th National Taekwondo Championship for the Jongil Peak Prize, which opened on June 11, closes with due ceremony at the Taekwondo Hall in Pyongyang.

   20 The delegation of the WPK headed by Kim Yong-il, alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the WPK Central Committee, returns after wrapping up visits to Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.

   20 The KCNA says the 49th Games of Juvenile Sports Schools in Pyongyang took place to fix the winners in the year of 2012 and select city players for the National Games of Juvenile Sports Schools to be opened in August.

   20 The KCNA says the construction of Changjon Street in Pyongyang, stretched along the bank of the River Taedong from Mansudae Hill, has been successfully completed.

  (END)
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