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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 253 (March 14, 2013)

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

7 Rodong Sinmun says a statement released by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) declared an important measure for totally scrapping the Korean Armistice Agreement from March 11.

   7 Rodong Sinmun says the on-going large-scale joint military drills by the U.S. and the South Korean forces are a "clear revelation of their criminal scenario to ignite another Korean War by pushing the tension on the Korean Peninsula to extremes."

   7 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent Bashar Al-Assad, the president of Syria, on Monday to congratulate him on the 50th anniversary of the March 8 revolution in Syria.

   7 A friendly gathering with staff members of the Syrian embassy in Pyongyang takes place at Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the March 8 revolution in Syria.

   7 The KCNA says a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman claimed in a statement that a second Korean War is unavoidable.

   7 A national meeting is held at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to celebrate the 103rd International Women's Day.

   7 Kim Jong-un inspects again units in the Jangjae and Mu islets located in the biggest hot spot in the southernmost part of the front.

   8 The KCNA blasts the joint South Korea-U.S. joint exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, claiming, "The U.S. is waging the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle aimed to mount a pre-emptive nuclear strike together with its South Korean puppet forces."

   8 The KCNA says the Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea (DPRK/ North Korea) set International Women's Day as a national holiday starting from this year.

   8 The KCNA says according to a memorandum released by the National Peace Committee of (North) Korea, the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is attributable to the nuclear threat directly posed to the DPRK by the U.S.

   8 The Unhasu Concert for marking the International Women's Day in 2013 is given in Pyongyang.

   8 Kim Jong-un watches a match between the archery players of the April 25 Defense Sports Team and Amnok River Defense Sports Team.

   8 Kim Jong-un goes round the sports village in Chongchun Street in Pyongyang, which is a comprehensive sports and cultural center having gymnasiums, sports persons' restaurant, hotels and welfare service facilities.

   9 A Foreign Ministry Spokesman claims the U.N. Security Council's additional resolution on sanctions against DPRK "is a clear proof that the UNSC was abused for the implementation of the hostile policy of the U.S. to bring down the ideology and system chosen by the people of the DPRK by disarming and suffocating it economically."

   9 A delegation of the General Bureau of Software Industry of the DPRK headed by Vice General Director Jong Song-chan departs for Laos.

   9 Army-people rallies take place in South Phyongan, Jagang and North Hamgyong provinces in support of the statement released by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the KPA.

   10 The KCNA says army-people rallies are held in North Phyongan and South Hwanghae provinces to support the statement issued by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the KPA.

   10 Rodong Sinmun says, "The U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces would be well advised to clearly understand that their on-going war maneuvers are as foolish actions as repeating the history of their disgraceful defeat."

   11 Rodong Sinmun says the U.S.-led collective "sanctions" against the DPRK precisely mean a declaration of war and a war action against the DPRK.

   11 Rodong Sinmun cries the truce mechanism on the Korean Peninsula has been destroyed and it is attributable to the ceaseless moves of the U.S. and its puppet South Korean regime for a war of aggression against the DPRK.

   11 A new kind of stamp is issued in the DPRK to mark the 150th anniversary of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

   11 Kim Jong-un inspects the Wolnae Islet Defence Detachment, an outpost in the biggest hotspot in the western sector of the front very near from Baengnyeong Island in South Korea.

   11 The KCNA says the DPRK servicepersons and civilians now keep themselves in a war posture, only waiting for an order from Supreme Commander Kim Jong-un.

   11 Kim Jong-un inspects a long-range artillery sub-unit of KPA Unit 641 whose mission is to strike and wipe out the enemies on Baengnyeong Island.

   12 The KCNA says the current tense situation on the Korean Peninsula is due to the U.S.'s undisguised hostile policy toward the DPRK.

   12 Army-people rallies are held in Kangwon and Ryanggang provinces and Rason City in support of the statement issued by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the KPA.

   12 Kim Jong-un enjoys the performance given by the art squad of KPA Unit 531 together with service persons of the KPA.

   13 Rodong Sinmun says, "The DPRK's step to completely halt the activities of the Panmunjom mission of the KPA is a decisive option to mercilessly foil the moves of hostile forces."

   13 Foreign minister Pak Ui-chun receives credentials from Dierk Stegen, representative of the World Food Program in Pyongyang.

   13 Pak Ui-chun meets with new Indian Ambassador to the DPRK Ajay Kumar Sharma, who paid him a courtesy call.

   13 Participants of the National Meeting of Light Industrial Workers arrive in Pyongyang.

   13 The KCNA says young people across the country turned out in a sacred war for national defense in response to the statement issued by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the KPA.

   13 Army-people rallies take place in Kaesong, Orang, Ryongrim, Jongju, Sijung, Sonchon, Kangryong, Rangrim, Jasong and other cities and counties to support the statement by a spokesman for the Supreme Command of the KPA.