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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 243 (January 3, 2013)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Dec. 27, 2012-Jan. 2, 2013.

  
December
27 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the (North) Korean people all over the country are sending congratulatory letters and messages to the scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2.

   27 Minju Joson dismisses the release of South Korea's defense white paper as high treason that sells off the sovereignty and dignity of the country and nation to outside forces.

   27 Premier Choe Yong-rim visits the lodgings of scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2.

   27 Premier Choe Yong-rim sends a congratulatory message to Victor Ponta upon his reappointment as prime minister of Romania.

   28 The Rodong Sinmun says the release of the "white paper" of South Korea is an open challenge to the domestic and foreign public opinion that desires peace on the Korean Peninsula and improved inter-Korean relations, and is a serious provocation to the DPRK (North Korea).

   28 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), visits the hotel of scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2.

   28 The military attaches corps in Pyongyang visit Kim Il-sung Military University on the occasion of the first anniversary of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's assumption of supreme commandership of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   28 Youth and students and members of the women's union hold meetings separately at the Central Youth Hall and the Women's Hall in Pyongyang to mark the first anniversary of Kim Jong-un's assumption of supreme commandership of the KPA.

   28 Kim Jong-un receives a New Year's card from Xi Jinping, the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.

   28 Director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA Choe Ryong-hae makes a field survey of the construction of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.

   28 A national exhibition of landscapes and handicrafts is under way at the State Industrial Art Centre Exhibition in Pyongyang to mark the 95th birth anniversary of Kim Jong-suk, late leader Kim Jong-il's mother.

   29 The Rodong Sinmun says North Korea's satellite launch is an exercise of its legitimate sovereign right as it is in line with international law.

   29 Kim Jong-un receives New Year's cards from Hu Jintao, the president of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and Wen Jiabao, the premier of the State Council of the PRC.

   29 A national meeting takes place at the April 25 House of Culture Saturday to mark the first anniversary of the dear respected Kim Jong-un's assumption of supreme commandership of the KPA.

   30 Premier Choe Yong-rim inspects Pyongyang Maternity Hospital.

   30 North Korean papers dedicate editorials to the first anniversary of the dear respected Kim Jong-un's assumption of supreme commandership of the KPA.

   30 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has a photo session with scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2 at the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK).

   30 The song and dance performance "Supreme Commander, Please Accept Our Glory" is given by the KPA Song and Dance Ensemble at the April 25 House of Culture to celebrate the first anniversary of Kim Jong-un's assumption of supreme commandership of the KPA.

   30 The WPK Central Committee hosts a grand banquet for the scientists, technicians, workers and officials who greatly contributed to the successful launch of Kwangmyongsong 3-2 at the Mokran House in Pyongyang.

   31 Kim Jong-un sends a congratulatory message to Raul Castro Ruz, the president of the Council of State and president of the Council of Ministers of Cuba, on the 54th anniversary of the victory of the Cuban revolution.

   31 Kim Jong-un sends a floral basket to the Cuban embassy here on the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the victory of the Cuban revolution.

   31 The State Stamp Bureau issues a new kind of stamp (a sheet) to hail the successful launch of satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2 in the country.

   31 The KCNA denounces South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's visit to army units in front-line areas on Dec. 27 as his last ditch efforts "to retrieve the failed policy of confrontation by making the next regime carry forward the moves for a war."

  
January
1 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un delivers a New Year's address, while setting forth tasks for building an economic power and improving people's living standards.

   1 The New Year's performance, "Following the Party to the End," was given by the Moranbong Band in Pyongyang with the attendance of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

   1 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his wife Ri Sol-ju visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay respects to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-iI on the occasion of the start to 2013.

   1 The SPA Presidium and the Cabinet host a banquet at the People's Palace of Culture on the occasion of New Year's Day.

   2 The KCNA says the DPRK awarded the Order of Kim Jong-il to the Korean Committee of Space Technology for the successful launch of the satellite Kwangmyongsong 3-2, the first working satellite of the DPRK.

   2 The KCNA says North Korean papers, including the Rodong Sinmun, editorially call for bringing about a turning phase in the building of a thriving nation in warm response to the New Year's address made by Kim Jong-un.

   2 The National Defense Commission (NDC) claims in a statement made by its spokesperson that the South Korean government should choose either confrontation or peace, denouncing the government of Lee Myung-bak for pushing forward confrontational policy from the start of the new year.

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