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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 231 (October 11, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Oct. 4-10, 2012.

  
October
 4 Agriculture ministries of North Korea and China sign an MOU on cooperation in Pyongyang.

   4 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), receives credentials from the Egyptian Ambassador to the DPRK (North Korea) Iman Mostafa Abdou Ahmed at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   4 The project for expanding the capacity of the Taedong River Building-materials Factory is completed to be brought on line.

   4 Vietnamese Ambassador to the DPRK Le Quang Ba and his embassy officials do friendship work at the DPRK-Vietnam Friendship Migok Cooperative Farm in Sariwon City, North Hwanghae Province.

   4 A delegation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore led by Permanent Secretary Bilahari Kausikan arrives in Pyongyang.

   4 North Korea awards the title of labor hero of the DPRK and the gold medal (hammer and sickle) and the First Class of the Order of National Flag to the lathe No. 26 at the Pyongyang Textile Machine Factory.

   4 North Korea observes the 5th anniversary of the October 4 declaration in a meeting held at the Central Hall of Workers in Pyongyang.

   5 The DPRK soccer team advances into the semifinals of the 2012 U-17 Women's World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan, by trouncing its Canadian rival 2:1.

   5 Rodong Sinmun calls for implementing the North-South Declaration of October 4, 2007, to develop inter-Korean relations and achieve peace and prosperity.

 5 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says chairman and chief executive Naguib Sawiris of the Orascom Telecom Media and Technology Holdings SAE of Egypt and his party visited the Pyongyang Children's Foodstuff Factory on Oct. 4.

  5 Talks between delegations from the DPRK and Singaporean foreign ministries takes place in Pyongyang. Vice Foreign Minister Kung Sok-ung and Singapore's Permanent Secretary Bilahari Kausikan attended the talks.

   5 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun holds talk with the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore led by Permanent Secretary Bilahari Kausikan at the Mansudae Assembly Hall. The Singaporean officials also met with Kim Yong-il, secretary of the WPK.

   5 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the SPA Presidium, holds talks with Ahmat Lutfi Akar, president of the Turkish Red Crescent at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   5 The 500th performance of the light comedy "An Echo among the Hills," a Kim Il-sung Prize laureate, is staged at the National Theatrical Theater in Pyongyang before a full house.

   6 A protocol of the 3rd meeting of the joint working group for the settlement of issues related to the implementation of the agreement on temporary working activities of citizens of each side inside the other's territory was signed in Pyongyang between the governments of the DPRK and the Russian Federation.

   6 A delegation led by Vice Foreign Minister Pak Kil-yon returns home after taking part in the 67th session of the U.N. General Assembly.

   6 Talks between the delegations of the Korean-German Friendship Parliamentary Group and the Germany-DPRK Friendship Parliamentary Group are held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   6 A meeting of Cambodian seamen is held at Wonsan Port in Kangwon Province on the occasion of the 67th birthday of the WPK.

   6 Choe Ryong-hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA), makes a field survey of the construction projects in Pyongyang undertaken by the KPA.

   7 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Mangyongdae Funfair and the Mt. Taesong Funfair in Pyongyang.

   7 Kim Jong-un visits the statue of Kim Jong-il standing at the State Security Ministry.

   7 Premier Choe Yong-rim makes a field survey of the experimental farm for the production of turf at the turf institute of the State Academy of Sciences.

   7 A national meeting takes place at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to mark the 15th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's election as general secretary of the WPK.

   7 Kim Jong-un sends a message to congratulate Russian President Vladimir Putin on his birthday.

   8 A delegation from the Nigerian government led by Viola Onwuliri, minister of State for Foreign Affairs, arrives in Pyongyang.

   8 Creators and acrobats of the National Circus of the DPRK produce the acrobatic drama "Tale of Chun Hyang."

   8 A performance is given by the art squad of the Central Committee of the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League at the plaza of the WPK Founding Memorial Tower in Pyongyang on the 15th anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's election as general secretary of the WPK.

   8 A seminar takes place at the Koryo compatriots' hall in Pyongyang to mark the fifth anniversary of the historic Oct. 4 Declaration.

   9 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun talks with the Nigerian government delegation led by Viola Onwuliri, minister of State for Foreign Affairs, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   9 The Order of Kim Jong-il was awarded to Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, which is greeting its 65th anniversary, and Kang Pan-sok Revolutionary School.

   9 Kim Jong-un receives a floral basket and a congratulatory message from the diplomatic corps in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of the WPK.

   9 The KCNA says mosaics depicting the peerlessly great persons of Mt. Paektu, "The great leader Comrade Kim Il-sung will always be with us" and "The great leader Comrade Kim Jong-il will always be with us" were erected in Sariwon City of North Hwanghae Province and Hamhung City, South Hamgyong Province.

   9 The Mangyongdae Funfair and the Mt. Taesong Funfair in Pyongyang open with ceremonies.

   9 Diplomatic corps in Pyongyang present a floral basket and a congratulatory message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the occasion of the 67th founding anniversary of the WPK.

   9 The Central Committee of the Communist Party of China sends a floral basket to the WPK Central Committee, congratulating its 67th founding anniversary.

   10 The women's soccer team advances to the finals of the 2012 U-17 Women World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan, by defeating Germany 2-1 in the semifinals.

   10 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the SPA Presidium, talks with the Nigerian government delegation headed by Viola Onwuliri, the minister of State for Foreign Affairs, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   10 The DPRK Foreign Ministry spokesman denounces the U.S. for sparking a new missile arms race in Northeast Asia.

   10 The DPRK National Symphony Orchestra gives a concert at the Moranbong Theatre in Pyongyang to celebrate the 67th founding anniversary of the WPK.

   10 Dancing parties of youth and students are held throughout the country to celebrate the 67th founding anniversary of the WPK.

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