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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 226 (Sept. 6, 2012)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2012.

30 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Japan's sexual slavery during World War II was exposed in a secret document called "Confidential Document No. 118," which has been recently discovered at the archives of the Japanese Ministry of Defense.

30 A national scientific and technological forum in the field of environmental conservation is held at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang for two days starting Aug. 29.

   30 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is awarded the title of honorary citizen from Brena District, Lima City, Peru.

   30 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), makes a speech at the 16th Summit of the Non-aligned Movement in Tehran, Iran.

   30 An MOU on cooperation between the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Fijian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation is signed in Tehran, Iran.

   30 Kim Yong-nam has talks with foreign leaders attending the non-aligned nations' summit in Tehran, Iran.

   31 A new railway line branching into the Taedong River Combined Fruit Processing Factory becomes operational with due ceremony.

   31 Kim Yong-il, secretary of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), meets with Glyn Ford, member of the National Policy Forum of the British Labour Party.

   31 The 26th Pyongyang International Invitational Table Tennis Tournament closes with due ceremony at the Table Tennis Gymnasium in Chongchun Street in Pyongyang.

1 Kim Jong-un inspects the newly built e-library at the Exhibition of Arms and Equipment of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   1 Kim Jong-un, together with his wife Ri Sol-ju, visits Haemaji Restaurant in Pyongyang before its official opening.

   1 Kim Yong-nam sends a message to Truong Tan Sang, president of Vietnam, on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

   1 Minister of Public Health Choe Chang-sik leaves Pyongyang to take part in the 30th Meeting of Health Ministers of Southeast Asian Regional Countries of the World Health Organization (WHO) and its 65th General Assembly to be held in Indonesia.

   1 O Ik-je, vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea and advisor to the Central Guidance Committee of the Chondoist Association of Korea, dies at 83.

   1 An MOU on cooperation in science, technology and education between the governments of the DPRK and Iran is signed in Tehran.

   1 Kim Yong-nam holds talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Kim also meets with Mohammad-Reza Rahimi, first vice president of Iran, and Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian Majlis, at the Presidential Palace.

   2 Kim Jong-un sends a wreath to the bier of O Ik-je, former vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland and a South Korean defector to the North
2 The Rodong Sinmun reports, "The U.S. imperialists and the south Korean war maniacs staged Ulji Freedom Guardian large-scale joint military exercises targeting the DPRK from August 20 to 31."

   2 Kim Jong-un conducts field guidance of the expanded Taedong River Tile Factory.

   3 The KCNA reports Typhoon-15 brought signification damage to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, leaving 48 persons dead and more than 50 injured or missing as of Sept. 2.

   3 Kim Jong-un attends a concert of the brass band of the KPA, accompanied by his wife Ri Sol-ju and military leaders.

   4 The KCNA says the Rajin Port-Wonjong road has been reconstructed as one of the joint projects with China. Its reconstruction gave a facelift to the Rason Economic and Trade Zone.

   4 The KCNA reports a natural medicine, made of Fucoidan contained in tangle and seaweed, was manufactured in the DPRK.

   4 Kim Yong-nam and Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun return home after participating in the 16th Summit of the Non-aligned Movement.

   4 The 7th National Martial Arts Championship for September 10 Prize opens with due ceremony at the Taekwon-do Hall in Pyongyang.

   4 British Ambassador to the DPRK Karen Suzanne Wolstenholme throws a reception to celebrate the successes at the 30th Olympic Games in London.

   4 The (North) Korean Central Broadcasting TV Station reports the 13th Education Program Competition opened at the Electronic Library of Kim Il-sung University.

   5 The SPA Presidium decides to convene the 12th SPA session in Pyongyang on Sept. 25.

   5 Kim Jong-un sends a message of condolence to the bereaved family of Moon Sun-myung, president of the World Peace Federation. Moon died on Sept. 3 at the age of 92.

   5 Kim Jong -un, together with his wife Ri Sol-ju, visits families of working people who moved to new apartments in Changjon Street, Pyongyang.

   5 So Kil-bok, vice minister of foreign trade, leaves Pyongyang for Changchun, China, to attend the eighth Jirin Northeast Asia trade-investment fair and the sixth high-level talks on Northeast Asia economic trade joint venture.

   5 A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman said it is a "sheer lie" that Japanese political and media sectors are saying North Korea accepted the inclusion of "abduction issues" in the main agenda items of governmental talks between North Korea and Japan in Beijing.

   5 A North Korean foreign ministry spokesman denounces the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency for "pulling up" the DPRK over its light water reactor construction.