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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 262 (May 16, 2013)
*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from May 9-15, 2013.

  
May
9 A national meeting to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of "Kim Il-sung's Selected Works," a collection of works by the North's late founder, takes place at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

   9 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the Pukchang Thermal-power Complex to encourage the scientists, technicians and workers there.

   9 Rodong Sinmun says nuclear war exercises and dialogue can never go together, referring to the military exercises by South Korea and the U.S. in the east and west seas of the Korean Peninsula.

   10 A spokesman for the Supreme Court reveals "crimes of American Pae Jun-ho (Kenneth Bae)" with regards to the assertion made by the U.S. government and media about the alleged unreasonable legal action.

   10 A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) denounces South Korean President Park Geun-hye's summit talks with the U.S. terming it "a disgusting meeting between the master and his servant aimed to strain the situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region and a curtain-raiser to a dangerous war to invade the DPRK and carry out the strategy for dominating Asia."

   10 The spokesman for the DPRK foreign ministry accuses the U.S. president of evading blame for tension on the Korean Peninsula, claiming that "the root cause of tension will not be removed but the tension and danger of conflicts are bound to repeat themselves unless the U.S. stops its hostile acts against the DPRK (North Korea) and drops its hostility towards it."

   10 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the 4th national exhibition of medical appliances was held at the Central Light Industrial Sample Exhibition between May 9 and 10.

   11 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sends messages to heads of state of different countries in reply to their congratulatory messages on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il-sung.

   11 A delegation of the Democratic Women's Union of (North) Korea headed by Chae Chun-hui, vice chairwoman of its Central Committee, leaves Pyongyang to visit Mexico.

   12 Rodong Sinmun warns Japanese society's lurch to the right would lead the country to ruin.

   12 The CPRK denounces the entry of the U.S. nuclear carrier Nimitz into the South Korean port of Busan as an open threat and blackmail against the DPRK and a grave military provocation to unleash nuclear war against it at any cost on the Korean Peninsula.

   13 Kim Jong-un visits the Mansudae Art Studio to guide the creation of works portraying President Kim Il-sung to be displayed in the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.

   13 Kim Jong-un enjoys a performance given by the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces (KPISF) with his wife Ri Sol-ju.

   13 The KCNA introduces Jang Jong-nam as minister of the People's Armed Forces who attended the Song and Dance Ensemble of the KPISF that was also attended by Kim Jong-un. Jang, in his 50s, was known to have replaced kim Kyok-sik, a hard-liner in the North Korean armed forces.

   13 Rodong Sinmun says a powerful nuclear deterrence by the DPRK serves as an eternal treasure for the nation and can never be bartered for.

   14 Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the Namhung Youth Chemical Complex in Anju, South Phyongan Province, to learn about the production of fertilizer there.

   14 Rodong Sinmun claims the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises are the main reason for tension on the Korean Peninsula.

   14 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un provided field guidance to the newly built machine plant managed by Kang Thae-ho. The KCNA did not reveal when the "guidance" was made or the name and location of the plant.

   14 Minju Joson, organ of the Cabinet, says the defense-related proposal of Japan's Liberal Democratic party is non other than a" war program" for aggression for all intents and purposes.

   14 The KCNA says a Japanese delegation led by Isao Iijima, the special counsellor in charge of crisis management in Abe's Cabinet, arrived in Pyongyang on May 14 but did not specify the purpose of the trip.

   15 The KCNA says Pae Jun-ho (Kenneth Bae), an American citizen, started his life at a "special prison" on May 14. Bae was sentenced to 15 years' hard labor for his anti-DPRK crime, an attempt to topple the DPRK, at the trial held on April 30, according to Section 60 (an attempt at state subversion) of the DPRK Criminal Law.

   15 Kim Yong-il, the secretary of the WPK Central Committee, meets with Isao Iijima, the special counsellor in charge of crisis management in Abe's Cabinet of Japan, and his companion.

15 The spokesman for the (North's) General Bureau for Central Guidance to the Development of the Special Zone says the prospect of the Kaesong Industrial Complex and the South-North relations depend on South Korean authorities, turning down South Korea's proposal for talks on the Kaesong complex.

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