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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 250 (February 21, 2013)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Feb. 14-20, 2013.

  
February
14 The 17th Kimjongilia Festival is opened with due ceremony in Pyongyang to mark the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   14 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad congratulated the DPRK (North Korea) on its latest achievements when he met DPRK Ambassador to Iran Jo In-chol on February 9.

   14 Rodong Sinmun says in an editorial that the DPRK fully demonstrated its tremendous potential and military capability of the great Mt. Paektu nation through its third underground nuclear test.

   14 The KCNA says the DPRK's nuclear test is a just physical counteraction against the U.S. after it prodded the U.N. Security Council into adopting "resolution on sanctions" 2087 against the DPRK, thereby denying the North's legitimate right and seriously insulting its sovereignty and dignity.

   14 Citations are awarded to exemplary organizations and members of the Kim Il-sung Socialist Youth League and members of the Korean Children's Union with due ceremony on the occasion of the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   14 A national art exhibition to mark the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il, known as the Day of the Shining Star, opens with due ceremony at the (North) Korean Art Gallery in Pyongyang.

   14 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un awards the rank of lieutenant general to Jang Su-gil and nine others and that of major general to Cha Yong-bom and 37 others.

   15 A rally of soldiers and citizens takes place at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang to hail the successful third underground nuclear test.

   15 The military attaches corps and the economic and commercial councilors corps and officials in charge of cultural and friendly relations of foreign embassies in Pyongyang visit the venue of the 17th Kimjongilia Festival.

   15 Premier Choe Yong-rim sends a message of greeting to Ivica Dacic, prime minister of Serbia, on the occasion of its national day.

   15 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message to Tomislav Nikolic, president of Serbia, on the occasion of its national day.

   15 A national meeting for celebrating the 71st birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il took place at Pyongyang Indoor Stadium, with Kim Yong-nam, Choe Yong-rim, Choe Ryong-hae and other senior officials in attendance.

   15 The 22nd Mt. Paektu Prize International Figure Skating Festival opens at the Ice Rink in Pyongyang to mark the Day of the Shining Star on Feb. 16, the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   16 Kim Jong-un with his wife Ri Sol-ju visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay deep respects to late leader Kim Jong-il on on his birth anniversary.

   16 The KCNA says the Malaysia-DPRK Friendship Association was inaugurated with due ceremony on Feb. 6.

   16 A national meeting of the (North) Korean Children's Union organizations takes place at the Taekwondo Hall in Pyongyang as part of the celebrations of the 71st birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   16 The KCNA says leader Kim Jong-il's birth anniversary, the Day of the Shining Star, was celebrated across the DPRK.

   16 Dance parties of youth and students are held across the country to celebrate the birth anniversary of late leader Kim Jong-il.

   16 Senior party and state officials including Kim Yong-nam and Choe Yong-rim visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay tribute to Kim Jong-il.

   16 Foreign guests and overseas Koreans visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay tribute to Kim Jong-il.

   16 Statues of the great Generalissimos Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are erected at Mangyongdae Revolutionary School.

   17 DPRK wrestler Yang Kyong-il places first in the men's 55 kg category freestyle wrestling event at an international wrestling tournament held in Bulgaria.

   17 Kim Jong-un receives a letter from Javier Martin Lopez on behalf of the International Elite Figure Skating Group and Vitaliy Nikiforov on behalf of the Ukrainian Figure Skating Team on the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il.

   17 The 22nd Mt. Paektu Prize International Figure Skating Festival closes with due ceremony at the Ice Rink in Pyongyang.

   17 Kim Yong-nam has a talk in an atmosphere overflowing with compatriotic feelings with an art troupe of Koreans in Japan for celebrating the Day of the Shining Star at the Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

   18 Rallies for soldiers and citizens take place in North Phyongan, Jagang and South Hamgyong provinces to hail the third underground nuclear test.

   18 The KCNA says at least 270,000 people have visited the 17th Kimjongilia Festival since it was opened on Feb. 14 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of leader Kim Jong-il.

   18 The KCNA says officials of different social standings of the DPRK vowed to turn out in an all-out confrontation with hostile forces including the U.S., which is taking issue with the DPRK's measures for self defense.

   19 The KCNA says Taur Matan Ruak, president of East Timor, expressed hope that the friendly and cooperative relations between East Timor and the DPRK would grow strong in all fields when he met with DPRK Ambassador to East Timor Ri Jong-ryul on Feb. 11.

   19 Rodong Sinmun says the DPRK's third underground nuclear test was a strong measure for self-defense to cope with the U.S. and its allies' shameless provocation against the DPRK.

   19 German Hermin Ferras Alvarez, Cuban ambassador to the DPRK, gives a reception at his embassy in celebration of the birthday of leader Kim Jong-il.

   19 Rallies for soldiers and citizens take place in South Phyongan, South Hwanghae and Ryanggang provinces and Nampho City to hail the third underground nuclear test.

   19 The KCNA says the DPRK soldiers vow to give the U.S. imperialists one final blow upon the news of the successful third underground nuclear test.

   20 The KCNA says scientists, technicians, workers and others who fully demonstrated the tremendous might of the great Mt. Paektu nation by successfully conducting the third underground nuclear test will visit Pyongyang.

   20 New kinds of stamps (a sheet and a sheetlet) bearing a picture of Kim Jong-un making his New Year's address for 2013 are issued in the DPRK.

   20 The KCNA says scientists, technicians, workers, soldiers and officials who contributed to the DPRK's third underground nuclear test arrived in Pyongyang to "spend significant days visiting the capital, enjoying the greatest privileges and preferential treatment" under the care of the North's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).

   20 The Singaporean tourist ship "Royal Star" opens its business with due ceremony at Rajin Port in the northeastern DPRK.

   20 Kim Jong-un inspects the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) Unit 323 honored with the title of O Jung Hup-led 7th Regiment.

  (END)
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