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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 232 (October 18, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from October 11-17, 2012.

  
October
11 The title of DPRK (North Korea) Labor Hero with a gold medal and the Order of the National Flag First Class are awarded to gold medalists at the 30th Olympics.

   11 Statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are erected in Kanggye City, Jagang Province.

   11 The 3rd meeting of the joint committee between the governments of the DPRK and Nigeria is held in Pyongyang between Oct. 9 and 11.

   11 Vietnamese Ambassador to the DPRK Le Quang Ba hosts a reception on the occasion of the 67th birthday of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK).

   11 A delegation of the Foreign Languages Publishing House headed by Vice Director Ri Min-chon leaves Pyongyang to visit China.

   12 Kim Yong-il, an alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the WPK Central Committee, meets with Maurice Cukierman, the international secretary of the C.C., the French Revolutionary Communist League (FRCL).

   12 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with the visiting delegation of Kyodo News headed by President Satoshi Ishikawa at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   12 The 12th People's Sports Contest opens with due ceremony at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang.

   12 Russian Ambassador to the DPRK Alexandr Timonin hosts a reception at his embassy to mark the 64th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Russia.

   12 Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and Kang Pan-sok Revolutionary School in Pyongyang mark their 65th anniversary in a ceremony at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang.

   12 A week of DPRK-China friendship opens in Dandong City, China, with due ceremony.

   12-13 A music and dance performance is given by the Mansudae Art Troupe at a stadium in Dandong to mark the beginning of the week of DPRK-China friendship.

   13 The North-South Buddhist joint mass praying for national reunification is held at the Singye Temple in Mt. Kumgang to mark the fifth anniversary of the restoration of the temple.

   13 A book, "Heirs to Mangyongdae," is published in the DPRK to mark the 65th anniversary of the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School.

   13 The DPRK soccer team finishes second in the 2012 U-17 Women's World Cup, by losing to France 6:7 in the final held in Baku, Azerbaijan.

   14 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has a photo session with the participants in the meeting for celebrating the 65th anniversary of Mangyongdae Revolutionary School and Kang Pan-sok Revolutionary School.

   14 Premier Choe Yong-rim makes a field survey of the project for face-lifting the River Pothong in Pyongyang.

   14 The Moranbong Band gives a performance entitled the "Song in Praise of Guiding Party" before full house to celebrate the 67th founding anniversary of the WPK.

   15 Rodong Sinmun says the U.S. moves to build a missile shield are a product of its reactionary strategy to dominate the world.

   15 Kim Jong-un sends a consolatory message to Norodom Sihamoni, the king of Cambodia, on the death of Great King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk.

   15 The delegation of the Democratic Party of Italy headed by International Secretary Lapo Pistelli arrives in Pyongyang.

   15 The delegation of the Gunma Prefectural Council for the Japan-Korea Friendship and Solidarity led by Co-representative Tsunoda Giichi visited the Taedong River Combined Fruit Farm.

   15 An event takes place at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang to mark the Global Handwashing Day.

   16 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a non-ferrous metal production base was built at the March 5 Youth Mine in the DPRK and a commissioning ceremony took place on Oct. 5.

   16 A reception is given at the DPRK embassy in Moscow on Oct. 12 to mark the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the DPRK-Russia diplomatic ties.

   16 The construction of the modern Fitness Center on Thongil Street in Pyongyang is completed.

   16 The Mastoncus Institute goes into operation at the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital on the occasion of the 67th founding birthday of the WPK.

   16 Talks between the delegations of the WPK and the Democratic Party of Italy are held in Pyongyang.

   16 The KCNA says the DPRK delegate made a speech at a session of the second committee of the 67th UN General Assembly on Oct. 10.

   16 Wreaths are sent to the Cambodian embassy in Pyongyang by the DPRK to mourn the death of the Great King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk.

   17 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un on Oct. 10 received a congratulatory message from V.V. Zhirinovsky, chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, on the 67th founding anniversary of the WPK.

   17 Cuban Ambassador to the DPRK German Hermin Ferras Alvarez gives a reception at his embassy to mark the 67th anniversary of the WPK.

   17 Kim Yong-nam meets with a delegation from the Democratic Party of Italy headed by International Secretary Lapo Pistelli at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   17 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun has separate meetings with Swedish Ambassador to the DPRK Karl-Olof Andersson and Bangladeshi Ambassador to the DPRK Munshi Faiz Ahmad.

   17 The KCNA says diplomatic envoys, representatives of international organizations and staff members of foreign embassies in Pyongyang visited the Cambodian embassy on Oct. 16 and 17 to express deep condolences over the death of Cambodian Great King Norodom Sihanouk.

  (END)
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