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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 246 (January 24, 2013)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from January 17-23, 2013.

17 John Daniszewski, vice president of the Associated Press of the United States, and his party leave Pyongyang for home by air.

   17 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says that the 10 best athletes and coaches in 2012 were selected in the DPRK (North Korea).

   17 Rodong Sinmun, organ of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party of Korea, calls for bolstering the nation's defense capability.

   17 The KCNA urges the Japanese government to make a bold decision to break with its disgraceful past.

   18 The KCNA says a meeting of secretaries of cells of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) will be held with splendor in Pyongyang. The KCNA did not reveal the date of the meeting.

   18 The KCNA says that the Pyongyang City Sporting Apparatuses Factory is now in full operation, fueled by sports enthusiasm sweeping throughout the DPRK.

   19 The KCNA says the Japanese imperialists committed a lot of crimes to turn Korea into their colony. One of their hideous terrorist acts was the assassination of Kojong who was the emperor of the Feudal Joson Dynasty.

   19 The KCNA denounces U.S. and South Korea for staging ceaseless war maneuvers against the DPRK.

   20 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visits the Taesongsan General Hospital being built by the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   20 Rodong Sinmun says whether or not the U.S. dissolves the "UN Command" immediately shows whether it wants peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region or seeks the revival of the Cold War.

   20 Kim Jong-un sends messages to foreign heads of state in reply to their messages sent on the occasion of the first anniversary of demise of leader Kim Jong-il.

   21 The KCNA says Kuwaiti Emir Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah expressed hopes for development of friendly relations with North Korea during a meeting with North Korean Ambassador to Kuwait So Chang-sik on Jan. 15.

   21 Rodong Sinmun calls on party cells to remain as ever true to revolutionary cause of "Juche."

   22 The KCNA says new kinds of remedies have been developed at public health institutions of the DPRK.

   23 Foreign ministry refutes U.N. Security Council's resolution over North Korea's rocket launch as "wanton violation of the inviolable sovereignty of the DPRK." The ministry said in a statement, "The U.S.-sponsored 'resolution' is run through with hostile steps aiming at banning DPRK's satellite launch for peaceful purposes and tightening 'sanctions' against it to block its economic development and hamstring its work for developing economy and bolstering up defense capability."

   23 Rodong Sinmun warns the U.S. will suffer a more bitter defeat than the USS Pueblo spy ship case if it ignites another war on the Korean Peninsula, pursuant to its policy of aggression against the DPRK.

   23 The KCNA says Sosan Walls, believed to have been built in the period of Koguryo Kingdom (277 B.C.- A.D. 668), were recently discovered by teachers and researchers of the History Faculty of Kim Il-sung University in Pyongyang.

   23 The 49th plenary session of the Central Committee of the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League is held in Pyongyang.

   23 The 72nd plenary session of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Trade Unions of (North) Korea is held in Pyongyang.