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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 298 (January 30, 2014)

2014/01/30 10:43

*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Jan. 23-29, 2014.

January

23 The 2014 Lunar New Year's DPRK (North Korea)-China joint friendship meeting takes place at the DPRK-China Friendship Thaekam Cooperative Farm in Sunan District, Pyongyang, under the co-sponsorship of the (North) Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries, the farm, the Ministry of Culture of China and its embassy in Pyongyang.

23 A skating event of the 40th National School children's Sports Contest for Peak Jongil Prize takes place in Pyongyang from Jan. 20-23.

23 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), receives credentials from Syed Hasan Habib, Pakistani ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

23 Rodong Sinmun, the organ of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), warns the U.S. "not to forget the disgrace and lessons from the Pueblo incident" of January 1968.

23 The 19th Mount Paektu Prize Sports Contest among officials of national institutions opens at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium on the occasion of the Day of the Shining Star (Feb. 16), former leader Kim Jong-il's anniversary of birth.

23 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) urges South Korea to halt military drills.

24 North Korea says it has made a proposal for the reunions of separated families living in the two Koreas. The South Korean government immediately welcomes the proposal.

24 North Korea calls for inter-Korean talks in the form of an "open letter" by its National Defense Commission (NDC) to the authorities, various political parties, social organizations and people of various circles in South Korea.

24 The KCNA accuses Japan of scheming to become a war state, claiming that the reactionaries of Japan should never forget the history of its defeat in its war of aggression.

24 Rodong Sinmun calls for implementation of the June 15 and October 4 joint declarations by the two Koreas, claiming that it will lead to national reconciliation and unity, improvement of inter-Korean relations, and peace and prosperity.

25 Rodong Sinmun calls for a "leap forward" through science and technology.

25 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Pranab Mukherjee, president of the Republic of India, on the occasion of the Day of the Republic.

25 Rodong Simnum denounces U.S.-South Korean joint military drills, claiming they are in preparation for a preemptive nuclear strike against North Korea.

26 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Quentin Bryce, governor-general of Australia, on its national day.

26 Rodong Sinmun slams Japanese reactionaries for insulting Ahn Jung-keun, an anti-Japanese martyr, by calling him a "terrorist" and "criminal."

   27 South Korea proposes holding reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War at Mount Kumgang, a scenic mountain resort on North Korea's east coast, from Feb. 17 to 22.

27 Rodong Sinmun claims the U.S. arms buildup in the Asia-Pacific region is aimed at dominating the region, not for peace and defense.

27 A Romanian photo exhibition opens at Pyongyang Center for Cultural Exchange with Foreign Countries to mark the day of unification of Romania.

28 The 52nd enlarged plenary meeting of the Central Committee of the General Federation of Science and Technology of (North) Korea takes place at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang.

28 The KCNA says the Foodstuff Institute under the State Academy of Sciences in the DPRK has succeeded in developing compound oligopeptide, a type of protein, with locally available raw materials.

28 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un takes part in a photo session with soldiers of Unit 323 of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA).

28 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to the 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

28 Kim Yong-nam congratulates Hery Rajaonarimampianina upon his election as president of Madagascar.

28 The KCNA says Japan has become evermore blatant in its moves to take control of the Tok islets (Dokdo).

28 Rodong Sinmun claims it is the steadfast resolution of the DPRK to improve North-South relations as early as possible.

29 Rodong Sinmun claims "hostile military acts" are harming North-South relations and should be immediately halted for peace on the Korean peninsula.

29 The KCNA says events took place in various countries to mark the anniversary of the birth of leader Kim Jong-il (the Day of the Shining Star).

29 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the construction site of the stockbreeding facility of Sepho, being built as part of plans laid out in Kim Jong-un's New Year's address.

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