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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 273 (August 1, 2013)

2013/08/01 10:33

*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from July 25-31, 2013.

July

25 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) releases a commentary calling for the disbandment of the United Nations Command.

25 The KCNA says, "the Fatherland Liberation War Martyrs Cemetery" was successfully built in Pyongyang on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice, which North Korea calls the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

25 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greeting to Mohammed Waheed Hassan, president of the Maldives, on the occasion of the anniversary of its independence.

25 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message to Walid Al-Muallem, deputy prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of Syria, to congratulate the 47th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries.

25 An agreement on establishing sister city relations between North Korea's Songrim City, North Hwanghae Province, and Deleg City, Ecuador, is signed in Songrim City.

25 A cultural and art delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (CPLA) arrives in Pyongyang to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

25 Yoji Ishikawa, special adviser to Kyodo News, arrives in Pyongyang to participate in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

25 China's Vice President Li Yuanchao arrives in Pyongyang to participate in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

25 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un meets the delegation of the People's Republic of China led by Vice President Li Yuanchao at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

25 The sixth round of the working-level talks between the two Koreas for the normalization of operations in the Kaesong industrial complex ends without agreement.

25 The National Defense Commission (NDC) hosts a banquet at Pyongyang Koryo Hotel in honor of the delegation of war veterans of the Chinese People's Volunteers in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

26 The KCNA says Kim Yong-nam will soon visit Iran to participate in the inaugural ceremony of its president on the invitation of the Iranian government.

26 The KCNA says foreign delegations and guests have arrived in Pyongyang to take part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

26 A delegation of the DPRK (North Korea) Red Cross Society leaves Pyongyang to take part in the meeting of leading officials of Red Cross organizations in East Asia to be held in Hong Kong.

26 Kim Yong-nam meets with the visiting Syrian delegation which paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly.

26 Premier Pak Pong-ju sends a message of sympathy to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey over a deadly train accident that claimed the lives of scores of people in Spain.

26 The delegation of the People's Republic of China headed by Vice President Li Yuanchao lays a wreath before the Friendship Tower in Pyongyang.

26 Talks between the delegations of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) and the Communist Party of Vietnam are held in Pyongyang.

26 Yang Hyong-sop, vice president of the Presidium of the SPA, has a talk with Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general, who paid a courtesy call on him at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

27 Kim Jong-un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun in Pyongyang to pay tribute to Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il on 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

27 An art performance and dancing party of service personnel of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) take place at the plaza outside the hall at Panmunjom where the Armistice Agreement was signed to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice.

27 The KCNA says wreaths were laid before the statues, cemeteries, memorial towers and graves of martyrs of the KPA in different parts of the country on the 60th anniversary of the armistice.

27 A Korean Fine Art Exhibition opens in Beijing under the co-sponsorship of North Korea's Mansudae Art Studio and the Beijing Ji Shengchang Culture Co. Ltd. on the 60th anniversary of the armistice.

27 Kim Yong-nam meets with the delegation of overseas Korean war veterans led by Kim Kang-hui, head of the veterans' group for lecture of the Chinese People's Volunteers, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

27 The KCNA says "Order Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War" was awarded to Chinese and Russian war veterans with due ceremony at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

27 A military parade and mass demonstration take place at Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

27 The Central Military Commission of the WPK and the National Defense Commission give a grand banquet at the Mokran House in Pyongyang on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

28 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Ollanta Moises Humala Tasso, president of Peru, on the occasion of the 192nd anniversary of its independence.

28 Choe Ryong-hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, meets with the Vietnamese military delegation headed by Luong Cong, deputy head of the General Political Department of the Vietnam People's Army.

28 An army-people meeting with war veterans takes place before a mosaic depicting Kim Il-sung at the Jonsung Revolutionary Site as part of celebrations of the armistice.

28 An acrobatic suite, "For My Only Motherland," is performed at the Pyongyang Circus Theater to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the armistice.

28 Kim Yong-nam respectively meets with the Indonesian government delegation and a friendship delegation from Majilis at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

28 The Chinese delegation led by Vice President Li Yuanchao visits the Pyongyang Essential Foodstuff Factory.

28 The KCNA says North Korean wrestlers bagged four gold medals at the 2013 Asian Junior Wrestling Championship now underway in Mongolia.

29 The KCNA says a Korean fine art exhibition opens in Beijing under the co-sponsorship of the Mansudae Art Studio of the DPRK and the Beijing Ji Shengchang Culture Co. Ltd. on July 27, the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

29 Talks between the delegations of the WPK and the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) are held in Pyongyang.

29 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to King Mohamed VI of Morocco on the occasion of its national day.

29 Kim Jong-un sends gifts to the war veteran delegates taking part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

29 Kim Jong-un visits the Cemetery of fallen fighters of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) in Hoechang County, South Phyongan Province, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the armistice.

29 Kim Jong-un visits the Songhung Revolutionary Site where the Command of the CPV was located on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the armistice.

29 A friendship joint gathering of war veterans of the DPRK and China takes place at the People's Theatre in Pyongyang to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the armistice.

29 A delegation of the China Institute of International Studies led by Vice President Guo Xiangang arrives in Pyongyang by air.

30 Kim Jong-un has a photo session with overseas Koreans who took part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

30 Kim Yong-nam meets with the congratulatory group of Koreans in Japan headed by Hong In-hum, chairman of the Central Audit Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, at Mansudae Assembly Hall.

30 North Korea's leading newspapers dedicate editorials to the 67th anniversary of the promulgation of the Law on Gender Equality.

30 The literary and art delegation of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (CPLA), which took part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the armistice, gives performances at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre.

30 John Daniszewski, vice president of the Associated Press of the U.S., and Yoji Isikawa, special advisor to Kyodo News, fly back home after taking part in the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

31 Kim Jong-un meets the members of the North Korean female soccer who won the 2013 East Asian Cup, which was held in Seoul.

31 Kim Jong-un receives a letter from the members of the delegation of Korean War veterans in China who took part in the celebrations on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

31 Kim Jong-un watches archery games between the April 25 Defense Sports Team and the Amnokgang Defense Sports Team, and a men's soccer match between the April 25 Team and the Hwaebul Team. He was accompanied by high-ranking officials including Choe Ryong-hae, Jang Song-thaek and Kim Kyong-hui.

31 Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of farms in Songchon County, South Phyongan Province.

31 The delegation of war veterans of the CPV headed by Yu Zhenwu, former commander of the Air Force of the CPLA, and the literary and art delegation of the CPLA headed by Li Xiubao, deputy head of the Publicity Department of the General Political Department of the CPLA, leave Pyongyang for home after taking part in the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice.

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