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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 259 (April 25, 2013)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from April 18-24, 2013.

18 A spokesman for the North's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) declares there will be neither dialogue nor improved relations between the north and the south as long as South Korea persists in such hostile acts, such as enforcing sanctions against the North Korea.

   18 The Policy Department of the National Defense Commission (NDC) claims in a statement that South Korea and the U.S. should immediately stop all of their provocative acts against North Korea and apologize for all of them; stop staging nuclear war drills; and make a decision to withdraw all nuclear means from South Korea.

   18 The participants in the 3rd April Spring People's Art Festival visit the Museum of Weapons and Equipment of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   18 A delegation of the KPA led by Kang Phyo-yong, vice minister of the People's Armed Forces, left Pyongyang to visit African countries.

   18 Palestinian Ambassador to North Korea Ismail Ahmed Mohamed Hasan gives a reception at his embassy to mark the birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung.

   19 The 15th Kimilsungia Festival closes with due ceremony at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition.

   19 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), meets with a delegation of Koreans in Japan for celebrating the Day of the Sun (birth anniversary of Kim Il-sung) at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.
20 Jong Yong-chol was appointed as DPRK (North Korea) ambassador to Nigeria, according to a decree of the Presidium of the SPA.

   20 The Rodong Sinmun says there will be no North Korea-U.S. talks on denuclearization before the world is denuclearized. There may be talks between North Korea and the U.S. for disarmament, but no talks on denuclearization, it said.

   20 The KCNA blasts Kim Jang-soo, South Korea's national security chief, for making provocative remarks against the DPRK, who said on April 18 that "there is no sign of an all-out war which the north threatened and the north has no ability to fight it."

   21 The Rodong Sinmun says South Korea "committed such thrice-cursed crime as letting ultra-right conservative gangsters meet in downtown Seoul in broad daylight on the Day of the Sun to defame the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK."

   21 The KCNA says wrestlers Pak Yong-mi and Hwang Ryong-hak came first in the women's 48kg freestyle and men's 60kg freestyle respectively at the 2013 Asian Wrestling Championship.

   22 The Rodong Sinmun says the North will never abandon its nuclear deterrence but further bolster it as long as the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces remain in South Korea and persist in their moves to ignite a nuclear war against the DPRK.

   22 The KCNA says the 28th National Festival of Science and Technology will take place at the Three-Revolution Exhibition House in Pyongyang from April 23-30.

  23 The Rodong Sinmun says the U.S. should understand that a dialogue will begin only when the North's demands for the withdrawal of troops in the vicinity of the peninsula, which is aimed at achieving U.S. world domination, are met.

  23 The Ministry of the People's Armed Forces gives a film show in honor of the military attaches corps in Pyongyang to mark the 81st anniversary of the KPA.

   23 A Foreign Ministry spokesman says in a statement that the U.S. malignantly slandered the North in its "2012 report on human rights" and that the "human rights" ballad of the U.S. will never work on the Korean-style socialist society.

   23 Kim Yong-il, alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), meets with the delegation of European politicians.

   23 The WPK Central Committee gives a reception at Pyongyang Koryo Hotel in honor of the visiting delegation of politicians from various political parties of Europe.

   23 Haissam Saad, charge d'affaires ad interim of the Syrian embassy here, held a reception at his embassy on Tuesday on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   23 Premier Pak Pong-ju visits a fertilizer factory and vegetable greenhouse in Haeju City as well as cooperative farms in Chongdan County and Kangryong County to learn about the farming situation in South Hwanghae Province.

   24 A national meeting is held at the April 25 House of Culture in Pyongyang to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the KPA.

   24 The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) blasts the U.S.-South Korea Foal Eagle joint military drills that have reached their height.

   24 Kim Jong-un receives a reply message from Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad which thanked Kim for congratulating the Syrian leader on the country's national holiday.

   24 The State Stamp Bureau issues two kinds of stamps: one in reflection of the spirit of the March 2013 plenary meeting of the WPK Central Committee and the other in commemoration of the law on the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

   24 Minju Joson urges the U.S. to accept the DPRK's preconditions for dialogue as clarified in the statement of the Policy Department of the NDC.