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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 252 (March 7, 2013)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Feb. 28-March 6, 2013.

  
February
28 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), receives credentials from Indian Ambassador to the DPRK (North Korea) Ajay Kumar Sharma at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   28 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the second-phase construction of the Huichon Power Station is progressing apace in the DPRK.

   28 The KCNA says the DPRK's third nuclear test was an exercise of its legitimate sovereignty and the U.S. provocation to the DPRK will lead to self-ruin.

   28 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sends a wedding present to Jindallae Saphariny, the president of the Jindallae Children's Foundation in China.

   28 Kim Jong-un watches a basketball game between North Korean and U.S. players at Ryugyong Jong Ju-yong Gymnasium in Pyongyang.

   28 Former U.S. NBA player Dennis Rodman and his party visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay respects to President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il

March
1 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the SPA Presidium, sends a congratulatory message to Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president of Algeria, on his birthday.

   1 Rodong Sinmun says the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle are "the drills for a war against the DPRK, which have been systematically escalated with the tinderbox of nuclear war."

   1 Meetings take place across North Korea to vow to turn the country into a thick woodland and greenery, true to Kim Jong-un's idea on land improvement on the occasion of the Tree-Planting Day.

   1 DPRK Service Personnel vows to take the lead in spring tree planting during a meeting of the service personnel of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces held near the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

   1 Former U.S. NBA player Dennis Rodman leaves Pyongyang after a four-day visit from Feb. 26.

   1 The KCNA says the Tok Islets (Dokdo) are inalienably the territory of Korea revealing that an old Japanese textbook issued on Oct. 1, 1924 says in its toponym index that the Tok Islets belong to Korea.

   2 A delegation of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) led by Ri Yong-chol, the vice department director of the C.C. of the WPK, come back home after taking part in the 15th Congress of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation.

   2 The DPRK Cabinet hosts a reception at Okryu Restaurant in Pyongyang in honor of female marathoner Kim Kum-ok who won a gold medal at the 14th Asian Marathon Championship held on Feb. 24 in Hong Kong.

   2 Minju Joson says the U.S.'s allegation of North Korea's third underground nuclear test as "a real threat" has stemmed from its black-hearted intention to tarnish the image of the DPRK in the international arena and justify its hostile policy toward the DPRK.

   3 The KCNA says The Switzerland-Korea Committee and the Swiss Group for the Study of the Juche Idea issued a joint statement on Feb. 23 in denunciation of the projected U.S.-South Korea joint military maneuvers targeting the DPRK.

   3 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Rosen Plevneliev, the president of Bulgaria, on its national day.

   3 The KCNA says the DPRK's delegate told the plenary meeting of the Geneva Disarmament Conference on Feb. 27 that the DPRK's nuclear test was a decisive measure against U.S. hostility.

   4 The Rodong Sinmun observes the first anniversary of Kim Jong-un's inspection of Panmunjom in a bylined article.

   4 The Rodong Sinmun says a touch-and-go situation is prevailing on the peninsula owing to the U.S. and its allies' vicious hostile actions against the DPRK and warns the U.S. military challenge to the DPRK will be met by strong counteraction.

   4 The KCNA says the State Stamp Bureau of the DPRK recently issued four kinds of new stamps.

   5 The Rodong Sinmun says the Foal Eagle joint military training kicked off by South Korea and the U.S. to be followed by Key Resolve is a blatant challenge to the sovereignty of the DPRK.

   5 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to John Dramani Mahama, the president of Ghana, on the occasion of the 56th anniversary of its independence.

   5 The KCNA says the reactionaries of Japan are nowadays seeking to flee from the responsibility for its past crimes related to sexual slavery.

   5 North Korea marks the 67th anniversary of the promulgation of the Agrarian Reform Law in the country.

   5 The KCNA says in a commentary the Japanese reactionaries have grown evermore reckless in their moves to stage a comeback to Korea and Japan's ambition for reinvading Korea has already gone beyond the dangerous phase.

   5 Japanese conductor Michiyoshi Inoue and his party visit the Pyongyang Kim Won-gyun Conservatory.

   5 The Supreme Command of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) says in a statement the DPRK will counter the U.S. with a diversified precision nuclear strike means of Korean style and will totally nullify the Korean Armistice Agreement.

   6 Kim Jong-un sends a congratulatory message to Choummaly Sayasone, the general secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) and president of the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

   6 The KCNA says the crucial measures stated by the Supreme Command of the KPA "are timely and decisive countermeasures aimed to defend the sovereignty of the country and its supreme interests from the U.S. moves for provoking a nuclear war."

   6 A building equipment and tools exhibition sponsored by the Commission of Capital City Construction takes place on Yanggak Islet.

   6 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of condolences to Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro over the passing of President Hugo Chavez.

  (END)
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