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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 234 (Nov. 1, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from October 25-31, 2012.

  
October
25 A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman denounces recent remarks by U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davis who allegedly called for North Korea to implement its obligations to the September 19 joint statement and suspend its missile and nuclear weapons development.

   25 Premier Choe Yong-rim inspects production at the Chollima Steel Complex and the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex.

   25 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the Japanese reactionaries' scheme to take the Dokdo islets in the East Sea of Korea has reached an extreme phase.

   25 Wreaths are laid before the Friendship Tower on the occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the entry of the Chinese People's Volunteers into the Korean front.

   25 Russian Ambassador to the DPRK (North Korea) Alexandr Timonin and his embassy officials participate in "friendship labor" by helping with rice threshing at the DPRK-Russia Friendship Kochang Co-op Farm in Chollima District, Nampho City.

   25 A North Korean delegation led by Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), returns home after visiting Cambodia to express condolences over the passing of Great King Norodom Sihanouk.

   26 A "Mother of Revolution" mosaic portraying anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong-suk is erected at the Kim Il-sung Military University on the occasion of its 60th founding anniversary.

   26 A delegation from the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League headed by vice chairman Ri Hang-jun of its Central Committee leaves Pyongyang to visit the maritime territory of Russia.

   26 A delegation from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of China led by vice minister Dou Yupei leaves Pyongyang to return to China.

   26 A ceremony takes place in Rason City to open to traffic the Rajin-Wonjon road in the Rason Economic and Trade Zone jointly developed and operated by the DPRK and China.

   26 A ceremony takes place in Rason City to start a project of office building for the Rason Economic and Trade Zone Management Committee.

   27 The State Stamp Bureau of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issues a stamp in commemoration of the institution of Mother's Day in the country.

   27 A delegation from the Dandong Municipal Committee of Liaoning Province of the Communist Party of China headed by its deputy secretary Li Shumin leaves Pyongyang to return home.

   27 A delegation from ITAR-TASS of Russia headed by deputy director general Kleyn Alexander leaves Pyongyang to return home.

   28 Kim Yong-nam, president of the SPA Presidium, sends a congratulatory message to Turkey's President Abdulah Gul on the national day of the country.

   28 The Kim Il-sung Military University marks its 60th founding anniversary. A commemorative banquet was held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   28 Rodong Sinmun says "the anti-DPRK psychological warfare persistently resorted to by the Lee Myung-bak regime of south Korea is a revelation of its ambition of 'unification of social systems.'"

   29 The Postgraduate Research Institute of Kim Il-sung Military University is renamed the Kim Jong-il Military Postgraduate Research Institute on the occasion of its 60th founding anniversary.

   29 The DPRK Friendship Order Second Class is awarded to Vladimir Novikov, mayor of Artyom City of the Maritime Territory of Russia in a ceremony at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   29 Rodong Sinmun claims in a bylined article the efforts of the South Korean authorities to preserve the "Northern Limit Line (NLL)" is a brigandish move with no justification.

   29 Kim Yong-il, alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), meets with a delegation of the Communist Party of Czech and Moravia headed by Zdenek Levy.

   29 The fourth national information science and technology exhibition of university students opens with due ceremony at the Three-Revolution Exhibition in Pyongyang.

   29 Statues of Generalissimos Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are erected at the Kim Il-sung Military University on the occasion of its 60th founding anniversary.

   29 The Moranbong Band gives a performance to mark the 60th founding anniversary of the Kim Il-sung Military University, which was attended by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju.

   30 Rodong Sinmun says the large-scale Hoguk war exercise being staged across South Korea from Oct. 25 is unprecedented in the history of war maneuvers in its scale, duration, nature and purpose for aggression.

   30 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Matti Heikki Heimonen, the new Finnish ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   30 A delegation of the SPA headed by Ri Jong-hyok, chairman of the DPRK-EU friendship parliamentary group, leaves Pyongyang by air to visit European countries.

   30 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with a government economic delegation from the Syrian Arab Republic led by Minister of Culture Loubana Mouchaweh at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   30 Director of the General Political Bureau of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) Choe Ryong-hae makes a field survey of the construction of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.

   30 The Pyongyang Taegyong Laver Processing Factory, a modern aquatic product processing base, is commissioned in a ceremony. The factory has the latest equipment for secondary laver processing and modern equipment for processing such products as tangle weed and squid.

   30 Dusan Strauch, the Czech ambassador to the DPRK, hosts a reception on the occasion of the country's national day.

   31 A meeting of chairpersons of primary organizations of the youth league in the companies under the KPA takes place at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang.

   31 Premier Choe Yong-rim conducts a field survey of Kim Chaek University of Technology.

   31 A national meeting of medical workers is held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   31 The KCNA says a project for introducing a high-temperature air combustion heating furnace and device for compensating for reactive power to the hot rolling process has been successfully completed at the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex.

   31 A scientific symposium and scientific and technological presentation and exhibition takes place in Pyongyang from Oct. 23-31 under the sponsorship of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Science and Technology of (North) Korea.

  (END)
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