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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 223 (August 16, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from August 9-15, 2012.

  
August
9 The State Stamp Bureau of the DPRK (North Korea) issues stamps in commemoration of the 4th Conference of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) and the 66th anniversary of the Korean Children's Union (KCU).

   9 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with Nigerian Ambassador to the DPRK Maclean Igonikon Omuso who paid a farewell call on him.

   9 A symposium of social scientists on ideas and theories clarified by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in his recent works is held in Pyongyang.

   9. Talks between the Red Cross societies of the DPRK and Japan are held in Beijing during two days starting Aug. 9.

   10 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), leaves Vientiane after wrapping up an official goodwill visit to Laos.

   10 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the 2012 Pyongyang Machine Equipment Exhibition ran at the Three Revolution Exhibition in Pyongyang during four days starting Aug. 6.

   10 The KCNA says a new modern Okdang sugar shop has been built at the Pyongyang Cornstarch Factory.

   11 Kim Yong-nam flies home after wrapping up official goodwill visits to Vietnam and Laos.

   11 The KCNA says delegations and delegates from Germany, Singapore, Italy, China, the Czech Republic and Taipei left Pyongyang by air on Aug. 8 to 9 after taking part in the 2012 Pyongyang Machine Equipment Exhibition.

   11 Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and director of the General Political Bureau of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA), inspects the Joyang Coal Mine hit hardest by the recent flood.

   12 A monument to the memory of Chinese businessman Chinese Zhang Jingrong is unveiled in Rason City in the DPRK. According to Pyongyang's account, he sacrificed himself to save three North Korean girls swept away by sudden high waves at the Chujin bathing resort on Aug. 15, 2010.

   12 The KCNA says the 12th national exhibition of inventions and new technologies will be opened at the Three Revolution Exhibition in Pyongyang from August 27.

   13 A delegation of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee led by its DPRK side chairman Jang Song-thaek, department director of the WPK Central Committee and vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, leaves Pyongyang for Beijing, China, to take part in the third meeting of the committee.

   13 The 49th national sports contest among juvenile sports schools takes place in Pyongyang, Chongjin, Wonsan, Samjiyon and other parts of the country.

   14 Kim Yong-nam meets with Nigerian Ambassador to North Korea Maclean Igonikon Omuso, who paid a farewell call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.
14 A national university students sports contest for the September 5 Prize closes with due ceremony in Hamhung.

   14 The North's women's football team leaves Pyongyang to take part in the 2012 Under-20 Women's World Cup in Japan.

   14 A reception hosted by Russian Ambassador to Pyongyang Alexandr Timonin is held at the Russian embassy to observe the 67th anniversary of Korea's liberation.

   14 The third meeting of the DPRK-China Joint Guidance Committee for the joint development and management of the Rason Economic Trade Zone and Hwanggumpyong and Wiwhado Economic Zones is held in Beijing.

   15 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un receives a congratulatory message from Russian President Vladimir Putin on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of Korea's liberation.

   15 The KCNA says torrential rains and downpours hit most areas of the North during two days starting Aug. 14.

  (END)
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