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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 242 (Dec. 27, 2012)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from December 20-26, 2012.

  
December
 20 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says fresh sanctions (regarding the North's recent launch of a long-range rocket) may spark off an unpredictable response from the DPRK (North Korea).

   20 Minju Joson claims frequent joint military exercises between the Self-Defense Force of Japan and the U.S. Army are nothing but sophism to cover up their real purpose, which is to tighten the Japan-U.S. military nexus.

   20 Officials of the party, armed forces and power organs as well ast from other areas visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay tribute to the late leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

   20 Le Quang Ba, the Vietnamese ambassador to the DPRK, and Le Duy Long, the military attache of the embassy, host a reception at the Taedong River Diplomatic Corps Club in Pyongyang to mark the army day of Vietnam.

   20 The military attaches corps in Pyongyang visit the Revolutionary Museum of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of Kim Jong-il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   21 The KCNA says American citizen Pae Jun-ho who entered Rason City of the DPRK on Nov. 3 for the purpose of a tour committed a crime against the DPRK, and he was put into custody by a relevant institution.

   21 A delegation of the DPRK-Russia Joint Fisheries Committee headed by Vice Minister of Fisheries Kang Yong-chol departs Pyongyang to take part in the 26th meeting of the committee to be held in Russia.

   21 A film show is held for the military attaches corps here on the occasion of the 21st anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il's assumption of the supreme commandership of the KPA.

   21 Statues of President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il are erected on Tonghung Hill in Hamhung City, South Hamgyong Province.

   21 The KCNA says more army-people rallies are held in cities and counties to hail the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2, without naming the cities and counties.

   21 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un congratulates scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the successful lift-off of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2 in a banquet the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) hosted for them.

   22 The State Stamp Bureau issued a new kind of stamp to mark the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of the DPRK Socialist Constitution, slated for Dec. 27.

   23 Minju Joson denounces a South Korean plan to keep the lamp atop Aegibong in Kimpo City turned on from Dec. 22 this year to Jan. 2 next year as "another psychological warfare against the DPRK which can never be tolerated."

   23 The title of DPRK Hero, gold star medals and the Orders of National Flag (First Class) are awarded to Choe Chun-sik and 100 other scientists, technicians, workers and officials for their contribution to the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2.

   24 The KCNA says The International Kim Jong-il Prize was instituted reflecting the unanimous desire and aspiration of progressive humankind to glorify the immortal feats and noble revolutionary life of leader Kim Jong-il.

   24 Kim Jong-un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay tribute to the great Generalissimos Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il.

   25 The KCNA says (North) Korean film shows were held in different countries on the occasion of the first anniversary of the passing of Kim Jong-il and the first anniversary of Kim Jong-un's assumption of the KPA supreme commandership.

   25 The KCNA says the annual meeting of the "2012 China International News Forum" held in China chose Kim Jong-un as one of the 10 foreign dignitaries of 2012.

 25 A meeting of workers and members of trade unions is held at the Central Hall of Workers in Pyongyang to celebrate the first anniversary of Kim Jong-un's assumption of supreme commandership of the KPA.

   26 The KCNA says the title of DPRK Hero was awarded on Dec. 22 to more than 100 scientists, technicians, workers and officials who greatly contributed to the successful launch of Kwangmyongsong 3-2.

   26 Agricultural workers met to celebrate the first anniversary of Kim Jong-un's assumption of supreme commandership of the KPA at the Mangyongdae Vegetable Farm in Pyongyang.

   26 A national meeting takes place at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang to mark the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of the "Socialist Constitution of the DPRK."

   26 Liu Hongcai, the Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, gives a reception at his embassy for officials of the DPRK Foreign Ministry on the occasion of the New Year 2013.

   26 A grand performance is given by the State Merited Chorus at the Mansudae Art Theatre to congratulate the scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2.

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