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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 261 (May 9, 2013)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from May 2-8, 2013.

  
May
2 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the North's highest court sentences Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American whose Korean name is Bae Joon-ho, to 15 years of compulsory labor for committing crimes against the nation. He was arrested while committing hostile acts against the DPRK (North Korea) after entering Rason City as a tourist on Nov. 3 last year.

   2 The KCNA says the Institute of Agricultural Mechanization in the DPRK has recently developed a new kind of multifunctional paddy-rice cultivator.

   2 The Secretariat of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of (North) Korea (CPRK) denounces the South Korean authorities for offering the upkeep of the U.S. forces in South Korea and even pocket money to them.

   2 North Korea's National Reunification Institute (NRI) releases a white paper accusing the U.S. and South Korea of pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to the brink of a nuclear war.

   3 Rodong Sinmun says it is the principled stance of the DPRK that the Korean Peninsula can never be denuclearized before the world, including the U.S., is denuclearized.

   3 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the construction sites of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the Cemetery of Fallen Fighters of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

   3 The remains of Pak Hui-dok are laid in the Patriotic Martyrs Cemetery. He was an adviser to the Korean Federation of Workers in Commerce in Japan, deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) and twice Labor Hero.

   3 Rodong Sinmun calls on world progressives to resolutely shatter the hard-line policy of the U.S.

   3 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greeting to his Polish counterpart Radoslaw Sikorski on the constitutional day, the national day of Poland.

   3 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends the Unhasu concert being given at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang on the occasion of May Day.

   4 Rodong Sinmun says the DPRK's nuclear force guarantees the nation's dignity and sovereignty and this cannot be a bargaining chip.

   4 Rodong Sinmun says it is the U.S. that scrapped the Armistice Agreement. The U.S. also abused it as a signboard for escalating the war moves of invading the DPRK, the newspaper said.

   5 The DPRK awards the title of the DPRK Hero, a gold star medal and Order of National Flag First Class to Ri Kyong-sim, a traffic controller of a district branch of the Traffic Command Corps of the Pyongyang City People's Security Bureau.

   5 Kim Jong-un sends his autographed replies to party cell secretaries of the people's security field, people of different fields and teachers after receiving their letters.

   5 Kim Jong-un tours the Turf Institute of the Bioengineering Branch under the State Academy of Sciences newly constructed by soldiers.

   5 The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry says the DPRK has no plan to deal with the issue of American Bae Jun-ho (Kenneth Bae), who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crimes of plotting the subversion of the DPRK.

   5 The Policy Department of the National Defense Commission (NDC) says South Korean authorities should take measures of stopping all the hostile acts and military provocations if they are really worried about the destiny of the Kaesong Industrial Complex.

   6 The 9th National Scientific and Technological Exhibition in the Field of Machine Designing was held at the Central Light Industrial Sample Exhibition from May 2 to 6.

   6 The 15th Pyongyang symposium on medical science of Koreans at home and abroad takes place at the Grand People's Study House in Pyongyang.

   6 Kim Jong-un inspects various projects being undertaken by the KPA, including the construction sites of the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum, Munsu Wading Pool and Mirim Riding Club.

   7 The Command of the KPA in the southwestern sector of the front issues orders for its units "to make counterstrikes at enemies in case even a single shell drops over the territorial waters of our side due to the enemies' provocative shelling in the southwestern waters" with regards to the South Korea-U.S. joint naval drills in the Yellow Sea.

   7 The spokesman for the Foreign Ministry denounces Israel's military attack on Syria as a grave encroachment upon the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

   7 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the SPA Presidium, sends a congratulatory message to Willem-Alexander on his accession to the throne of the Netherlands on May 6.

   8 Rodong Sinmun says the new military drills South Korea and the U.S, started following the Foal Eagle drills are more provocative than the Foal Eagle and are a deliberate military provocation to steadily escalate tension on the Korean Peninsula and unleash a nuclear war.

   8 A rally cycling event kicks off in the DPRK for a run through May 17 in two divisions of the young group and the adult group.

   8 The figure skating events of the national youth championship take place at the Ice Rink in Pyongyang from May 6-8.

   8 Kim Jong-un, together with his wife Ri Sol-ju, meets creators and artists of the Unhasu Orchestra preparing to perform for celebrating the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

   8 A friendship meeting takes place at Kumsong School in Pyongyang on the occasion of the World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day, sponsored by the Red Cross Society of (North) Korea, the delegations of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross in Pyongyang.

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