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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 272 (July 25, 2013)

2013/07/25 10:33

*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

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

July

18 A national seminar takes place at the Central Youth Hall in Pyongyang to "deeply study and grasp President Kim Il-sung's undying exploits performed in leading the Fatherland Liberation War (Korean War) to victory."

   18 A ten-day film show opens in the DPRK (North Korea) to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

18 Chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) Choe Thae-bok meets with a European Parliament delegation that deals with the Korean Peninsula led by Chairman Herbert Reul at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

18 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the SPA Presidium, meets with Avia Baatarhuyag, the director general of the Mongolian News Agency Montsame, who paid a courtesy call on him, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

18 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un receives a gift from Avia Baatarhuyag, the director general of the Mongolian News Agency Montsame.

18 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says the grand gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang" is ready to open as part of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

19 Rodong Sinmun dedicates an article to the 13th anniversary of the DPRK-Russia Joint Declaration adopted in 2000 by North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and V.V. Putin, the president of the Russian Federation.

19 The KCNA says the Jurists Society of the DPRK issued a memorandum disclosing crimes committed by the U.S. imperialists during the Korean War.

19 A ceremony takes place at the Kim Jong-il University of the People's Security to unveil the statue of the late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il with the attendance of top North Korean officials, including Kim Yong-nam, president of the SPA Presidium.

19 A modern library opens in Pyongyang Medical College of Kim Il-sung University.

19 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the children's hospital and dental hospital under construction.

20 The KCNA says, "A decree was promulgated by the SPA Presidium on July 10 on awarding Order Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War to the great Generalissimo Kim Il-sung."

   20 The KCNA says, "A decree of the SPA Presidium on awarding the great Generalissimo Kim Jong-il Order Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War was promulgated on July 10."

   20 Kim Yong-nam, the president of the SPA Presidium, sends a message of greeting to Albert II, the king of Belgium, on the occasion of its national day.

20 The KCNA says its delegation, headed by Vice Director General Ri Kwan-sam, left Pyongyang to visit Russia.

20 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Albert II, the king of Belgium, on the occasion of its national day.

20 The KCNA says The 4th Media News, a website of China, on July 11 carried an article titled, "U.S. Used Germ Warfare during Korean War."

   20 The KCNA says international solidarity events will take place in Pyongyang and local areas of the DPRK on July 24 and 25 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

21 Rodong Sinmun claims it is necessary to get the "U.N. Command" in South Korea dismantled and the U.S. troops withdrawn from South Korea as soon as possible if peace is to settle on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity.

21 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of farming at the Pudok Co-op Farm in Jaeryong County, the Oguk Co-op Farm in Anak County, and the Jangryon and Kwanhae Co-op farms in Unryul County in South Hwanghae Province.

21 A group of Chinese in Yanji, China arrive in Pyongyang by plane to tour Mt. Kumgang.

21 The DPRK female football team beats its South Korean rival 2-1 in a match of the 2013 East Asian Cup, which started in South Korea on July 20.

22 The Presidium of the SPA publishes a decree on awarding the order commemorating the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War to songs "July 27 March," "Holiday of great war victory," "Tell, fireworks of war victory" and "Respects to victors of great age," which were created to mark the anniversary.

22 A letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is adopted at the meeting of overseas Koreans supporting the peace on the Korean Peninsula.

22 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Philippe upon his enthronement as the king of Belgium.

22 The Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) Publishing House publishes a book of memoirs "Among the People" Vol. 102 to mark the 60th anniversary of the 'victory' in the Korean War.

22 The grand gymnastic and artistic performance "Arirang," a winner of the Kim Il-sung Prize, splendidly opens in May Day Stadium to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

22 The fifth round of working-level talks between authorities of North and South Korea for normalizing the operation in the Kaesong Industrial Zone (KIZ) takes place in the zone.

22 Foreign guests arrive in Pyongyang to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and international solidarity events.

23 The WPK Central Committee sends a congratulatory message to creators and artists of the Wangjaesan Art Troupe on its 30th anniversary.

23 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un received a congratulatory message on July 16 from the participants in the E-Conference of the Asia-Pacific Region to celebrate the 60th V-Day of the Korean People in the Korean War.

23 The KCNA says the combined military band of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) staged a march on July 22 to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

23 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials from new Thai Ambassador to the DPRK Wiboon Khusakul at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

23 The (North) Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and the Federation of Peace and Friendship Organizations of Mongolia sign an agreement on friendship and cooperation in Pyongyang.

23 The (North) Korean stamp exhibition opens to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

23 The 1st national Taekwon-do star contest for the Jonsung Cup opens with due ceremony on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of Korean War.

23 DPRK Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun talks with Thai Ambassador to the DPRK Wiboon Khusakul, who paid a courtesy call on him.

23 Posters are created in the DPRK to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

23 A delegation of Korean War veterans in China led by Kim Kang Hui, the head of the lecturers group of veterans of the Chinese People's Volunteers, arrives in Pyongyang to participate in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Korean War.

23 War veteran delegates arrived in Pyongyang amid warm welcome from people across the country to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

24 The KCNA says the State Stamp Bureau has recently issued new postage stamps on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

24 The KCNA says John Daniszewski, the vice president of the Associated Press of the U.S., arrived in Pyongyang by air to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

24 The KCNA says foreign delegations and guests arrived in Pyongyang to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and international solidarity events.

24 Kim Yong-nam receives credentials respectively from new Bangladeshi Ambassador to the DPRK Muhammad Azizul Haque and new Philippine Ambassador to the DPRK Erlinda F. Basilio at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

24 A meeting of officers and men of the KPA takes place at the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

24 A grand international peace march takes place from Pyongyang to Kaesong to demand the conclusion of a peace treaty between the DPRK and the U.S., and the withdrawal of the U.S. hostile policy toward the DPRK, and support for the independent and peaceful reunification of Korea.

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