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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 235 (Nov. 8, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from November 1-7, 2012.

  
November
1 A delegation of officials of the Education Commission led by Chairman Kim Song-du leaves Pyongyang to visit China.

   1 National scientific and technological presentations of the metal and tool materials field, and electronics engineering field take place at Kim Chaek University of Technology on Oct. 30 and 31 under the sponsorship of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Science and Technology of (North) Korea.

   1 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a congratulatory message to Salman Khurshid upon his appointment as India's foreign minister.

   1 A delegation of the Laos-DPRK (North Korea) Friendship Association headed by Tong Yeu Tho, a member of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, visits the statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang.

   1 A show takes place in Pyongyang to taste apples produced at modernized fruit farms in the DPRK this year.

   2 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the telemedicine service is gaining momentum in the DPRK.

   2 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with the visiting delegation of the Syrian Arab Republic led by Minister of Culture Loubana Mouchaweh at Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   2 Artists from groups representing cinematic art, theatrical art and fine art take part in the 43rd sports contest at Kim Il-sung Stadium in Pyongyang.

   2 The delegation of the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League headed by Vice Chairman of its Central Committee Ri Hang-jun returns home after visiting the Maritime Territory of Russia.

   3 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the newly built Breast Cancer Research Centre at the Pyongyang Maternity Hospital.

   3 Kim Jong-un goes round the Ryugyong Health Complex, the People's Open-air Ice Rink and the Roller-skating Ground nearing completion.

   4 An enlarged meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) takes place in Pyongyang to adopt a decision of the Political Bureau "on forming the State Physical Culture and Sports Guidance Commission."

   4 Ri Hyang-sim, a footballer for Amnok River Sports Team, won the Adidas Silver Ball at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup.

   4 The KCNA says a Korean book, photo and fine arts exhibition took place with due ceremony at an art museum in China on Oct. 25.

   5 Rodong Sinmun says the inter-Korean relations can be improved and the peace and reunification of the country achieved only when an end is put to the anachronistic policy of confrontation in South Korea.

   5 The 8th meeting of the DPRK-Syria Joint Economic Committee closes in Pyongyang. The meeting started on Oct. 30.

   5 An MOU between the DPRK and Syrian governments on mutual cooperation in the field of the special economic zones and the free zones is signed at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   5 An MOU on cooperation in the field of environment is signed between the Ministry of Land and Environment Protection of the DPRK and the Ministry of State for Environment Affairs of the Syrian Arab Republic.

   5 Kim Yong-nam meets with a delegation of the Laos-Korea Friendship Association led by Tong Yeu Tho, a member of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   5 An inaugural ceremony takes place in the cemetery of fallen fighters of the Korean People's Army (KPA) which was rebuilt in Gongzhuling City, Jilin Province, China.

   6 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from Qatar Ambassador to the DPRK Hamad Bin Mohammed al-Khalifa at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   6 The KCNA says the DPRK aerial trapeze "Flying Girls" received the top prize at the 10th Wuhan International Acrobatics Festival, which was held in Wuhan China from Oct. 26-Nov. 1.

   6 Premier Choe Yong-rim makes a field survey of the Taedong River Terrapin Factory to learn about the project of expanding its production capacity, which is under way in line with the plans of Kim Jong-un.

   7 The KCNA says the 4th National Meeting of Mothers will be held with splendor to significantly mark the first Mother's Day in the DPRK. The KCNA did not reveal the exact date of the meeting.

   7 A friendly gathering and film screening takes place at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the DPRK and Pakistan.

   7 Kim Yong-il, secretary of the WPK Central Committee, meets with Iman Mostafa Abdou Ahmed, the new Egyptian ambassador to the DPRK.

   7 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with new Qatari Ambassador to the DPRK Hamad Bin Mohammed al-Khalifa.

   7 A meeting of forestry industry workers is held at the People's Palace of Culture with Premier Choe Yong-rim and ranking officials and workers in the forestry field in attendance.

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