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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 249 (February 14, 2013)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Feb. 7-13, 2013.

  
February
7 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the North's National Economic Cooperation Committee said in a statement on Feb. 6 that South Korea will have to pay dearly for sanctions against the Kaesong Industrial Zone.

   7 The State Stamp Bureau of the DPRK (North Korea) issues new stamps (two sheets and individuals) to celebrate the Day of the Shining Star (Feb. 16), the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   7 A 10-day film show to celebrate the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il (the Day of the Shining Star) holds an opening ceremony at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

   7 A national seminar to grasp the brilliant revolutionary career and immortal exploits of late leader Kim Jong-il was held to mark his birth anniversary at the People's Palace of Culture.

   8 The KCNA says an exhibition of (North) Korean books, photos and fine arts opened in Shanghai, with due ceremony on Feb. 5 to celebrate the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il (the Day of the Shining Star).

   7 The KCNA says the news that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made an important decision has hardened the will of the people to remain faithful to his "songun" (military-first) leadership.

   8 The KCNA says news that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made an important decision has stirred up the morale of the servicepersons ready to turn out in an all-out action against the U.S. imperialists.

   8 Exemplary primary information workers of the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League from across the country make a study tour of leader Kim Jong-il's birthplace in the Paektusan Secret Camp from Feb. 2 to 7 with the approach of his birth anniversary.

   8 The KCNA says the Order of Kim Jong-il was awarded to the Rakwon Machine Complex in North Phyongan Province, the March 5 Youth Mine in Jagang Province, the Kanggye Unha Garment Factory and the Migok Co-op Farm in Sariwon City, North Hwanghae Province on the occasion of the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il.

   8 The Kim Jong-il Prize is conferred upon Kim Sang-ok and the Kwangmyong Encyclopedia on the occasion of the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   8 A national cooking competition was held in Pyongyang for three days starting on Feb. 6 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il.

   8 A national photo exhibition celebrating the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il titled, "They Were Always Together to Bring about the People's Well-being," opens with due ceremony at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang.

   9 Rodong Sinmun threatens anti-DPRK resolution will only lead to war claiming that it is needless to say that the anti-DPRK "sanctions" row of the U.S. and its allies is nothing but a means for invading the DPRK.

   9 Choe Ryong-hae, the director of the General Political Bureau of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA), makes a field survey of the construction of the Munsu Wading Pool in Pyongyang to be built by the KPA.

   10 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sent a message on Feb. 8 to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the victory of the Islamic revolution in Iran.

   11 Rodong Sinmun warns the South Korean regime against its scenario for a pre-emptive strike on the DPRK saying that the South Korean defense ministry declared that the conception of a "pre-emptive attack" would be included in the "strategy of nuclear deterrence against the north" to be worked out with the U.S.

   12 The KCNA says a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) on Feb. 11 took place in Pyongyang. The news agency said, "The bureau stressed the need to continue launching satellites of the Kwangmyongsong series and powerful long-range rockets."

   12 The KCNA says that the scientific field for national defense of the DPRK succeeded in its third underground nuclear test in the northern part of the DPRK.

   12 The Foreign Ministry says in a statement the country's third nuclear test is a resolute step for self-defense taken by it to cope with the U.S. hostile act against it.

   13 The KCNA says citizens of Pyongyang were very delighted to hear the news about the successful third underground nuclear test, which was conducted on Feb. 12.

   13 Ri Song-hyon is appointed ambassador to Bangladesh, according to a decree of the Presidium of the SPA.

   13 A performance is given by students' art group members at the People's Palace of Culture to celebrate the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   13 Agricultural workers hold a meeting at the plaza of the Party Founding Memorial Tower in Pyongyang to mark the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   13 Iranian Ambassador to the DPRK Mansour Chavoshi gives a reception at the Taedong River Diplomatic Corps Club in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the victory in the Islamic revolution of Iran.

   13 The military attaches corps in Pyongyang visit the army post on Mt. Taedok on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the advancing of the slogan "A-match-for-a-hundred" by Kim Il-sung and the birth anniversary of Kim Jong-il.

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