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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 258 (April 18, 2013)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from April 11-17, 2013.

  
April
11 Rodong Sinmun says, "The sacred war of justice for putting an end to political and military provocation by the U.S. and the south Korean warmongers and achieving national reunification is the only way for achieving durable peace on the Korean Peninsula."

   11 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the 18th Culinary Festival marking the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung (the Day of the Sun) will take place at Pyongyang Noodle House from April 9-11.

   11 The KCNA says a national meeting took place at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to celebrate the first anniversaries of the dear respected Kim Jong-un's election to the top posts of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) and the state.

   11 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun meets with Jean-Robert Goulonggana, a Gabonese ambassador to the DPRK, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

   11 The participants in the 3rd April Spring People's Art Festival place a floral basket and bunches of flowers before the statues of President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang.

   11 Economic and commercial councilors of foreign embassies in Pyongyang visit Mangyongdae on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   11 The 3rd April Spring People's Art Festival opens with due ceremony at the East Pyongyang Grand Theater in Pyongyang.

   12 The KCNA says the DPRK (North Korea) decided to set up the Ministry of Atomic Energy Industry for the purpose of modernizing the nation's atomic energy industry and putting it on a solid foundation of the latest science and technology.

   12 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), on April 11 sent a message of sympathy to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as regards the earthquake that hit Bushehr Province of Iran.

   12 North Korean papers accuse Nam Jae-jun, the new director of South Korea's National Intelligence Service, for making "groundless remarks" that the April 3 Popular Uprising on Jeju Island was "prompted by a man at the instructions of the North."

   12 The delegation of the Japan-Korea Society for Scientific and Educational Interchange headed by Chairman Kenki Nakamura visits Mangyongdae, the birthplace of President Kim Il-sung.

   12 An Indonesian government cultural delegation, led by Hari Untoro Dradjat, expert senior staff to the minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, visits Mangyongdae.

   12 A meeting of youth and students is held at the Central Youth Hall to celebrate the first anniversaries of Kim Jong-un's election as first secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defense Commission (NDC).

   12 A joint national meeting of the (North) Korean Children's Union (KCU) organizations took place in Pyongyang to celebrate the 101st birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung.

   12 The military attaches corps in Pyongyang go round the venue of the 15th Kimilsungia Festival on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   12 A spokesman for the General Staff of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) says, "The South Korean puppet group's claim that 'the March 20 hacking case was the work done by the north' is a deliberate provocation to push the situation on the Korean Peninsula to an extreme phase by taking advantage of the U.S. nuclear war racket and another anti-DPRK confrontation hysteria as it is a replica of the Cheonan warship sinking case."

   13 The April Spring People's Art Festival opens at theaters, music halls and halls in Pyongyang.

   13 Kim Jong-un sends educational aid funds and stipends amounting to 198.3 million yen to the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan on the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the birth of President Kim Il-sung.

   13 Rodong Sinmun denounces large-scale joint firepower drills by South Korea and the United States, claiming that this is a dangerous move to escalate tension.

   13 Foreigners and overseas Koreans visit the venue of the 15th Kimilsungia Festival now under way with splendor on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   13 The participants in the Third April Spring People's Festival visit Mangyongdae, the birthplace of President Kim Il-sung.

   13 The KCNA holds South Korean authorities responsible for the crisis in the Kaesong joint industrial complex claiming that the South Korean conservative regime seeks to reduce the complex to a theater of confrontation.

   13 The KCNA says in a commentary the U.S. is to blame for escalating tension on the Korean Peninsula. The KCNA said in another article that the U.S. is seeking to ignite a nuclear war in Korea.

   13 A doctorate of socio-political science is awarded to Kim Jong-un by the International Institute of Social Scientists on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung in a ceremony at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

   14 A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of (North) Korea (CPRK) made public a statement that those who hurt the dignity of the North's supreme leadership are bound to meet stern punishment.

   14 The KCNA says President Kim Il-sung, leader Kim Jong-il, anti-Japanese war hero Kim Jong-suk and Kim Jong-un receive the title of honorary citizenship of Deleg, Ecuador, in a ceremony at the city government office on April 4.

   14 Foreign guests and overseas Koreans who are taking part in the 15th Kimilsungia festival visit the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang.

   14 A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) denounces South Korea's offer for dialogue as being nothing but a crafty trick to cover up their crimes of driving the Kaesong Industrial Zone into a crisis and their nature of confrontation by misleading public opinion.

   14 Rodong Sinmun claims the crisis in the Kaesong Industrial Complex is attributable to South Korean authorities.

   14 The IAAF-26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon is held in Pyongyang on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   14 A national meeting takes place at the April 25 House of Culture Sunday in Pyongyang to celebrate the 101st birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   14 The DPRK government hosts a reception for the delegations and delegates of the organizations for the study of the Juche Idea at Pyongyang Koryo Hotel, a day before the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   14 Statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il are erected at the Ministry of People's Security in an unveiling ceremony.

   15 Kim Jong-un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay deep respects to the great Generalissimos Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on the occasion of the Day of the Sun.

   15 The KCNA says the Order of DPRK Friendship 1st Class was conferred on the Vietnam-DPRK Friendship Kindergarten with due ceremony in Hanoi on April 5.

   15 Liu Hongcai, the Chinese ambassador to the DPRK, and other officials of the Chinese embassy visit the statues of President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang on the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung.

   15 Joint performances of the Third April Spring People's Art Festival are given for guests of honor at the Pyongyang Grand Theatre, the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre and the National Theatre.

   15 Service personnel, people from all walks of life and school youth and children in various parts of the country visit the statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in their residential areas on the birth anniversary of Kim Il-Sung.

   15 Kim Yong-nam, Pak Pong-ju, and other senior party and state officials visit Mangyongdae on April 15, the 101st birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   15 A reception was given for overseas compatriots who came here to celebrate the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung (the Day of the Sun).

   15 The KCNA says the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung (the Day of the Sun) was significantly celebrated across the country.

   15 The Unhasu Concert is given at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung with splendor with Kim Jong-un in attendance.

   16 The supreme command of the Korean People's Army issues an ultimatum to the "south Korean puppet forces" threatening that "our retaliatory action will start without any notice from now as such thrice-cursed criminal act of hurting the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK is being openly committed in the heart of Seoul under the patronage of the puppet authorities." The spokesman referred to setting fire to a portrait of Kim Jong-il by conservative activists in Seoul.

   16 The KCNA says a 2013-2016 agreement on cultural exchange between the governments of the DPRK and Cuba was inked in Havana on April 11.

   16 Kim Jong-un sends a message of greeting to Bashar Al-Assad, the president of Syria, on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of Syria's independence, the significant national holiday of the Syrian people.

   16 A delegation of the international exhibition of the Ministry of Oil Industry leaves Pyongyang to take part in the 18th international exhibition of oil, gas, and refined and petro-chemical goods to be held in Tehran.

   16 Choe Ryong-hae, the director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People's Army, visits the construction sites of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the cemetery of fallen KPA soldiers.

   16 A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry dismisses U.S. talk about dialogue as rhetoric aimed at misleading world opinion and is nothing but a crafty ploy to evade the blame for the tension on the eve of war.

   17 Rodong Sinmun accuses U.S. of shipping nuclear war hardware into South Korea saying that the U.S. is trying to provoke the DPRK by introducing its huge nuclear force, but it is a foolish pipe dream.

   17 The KCNA says a Korean book, photo and fine art exhibition opened in Beijing on April 15, the 101st birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   17 Rodong Sinmun condemns the South Korean group that burned a portrait of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during an anti-North Korean rally in Seoul on April 15 for "hurting dignity of DPRK supreme leadership."

   17 The Cabinet gives a reception at Okryu Restaurant in honor of the winners of the 2013 World Juvenile Weightlifting Championships. They bagged seven gold medals and four silver medals at the championships held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, from April 7-13.

   17 Alejandro Cao de Benos, the visiting chairman of the (North) Korean Friendship Association headquartered in Spain, visits the Pyongyang mission of the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front (AINDF).

  (END)
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