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North Korea Newsletter 356 (April 2, 2015)

2015/04/02 10:48

CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from March 26-April 2, 2015.

March

26 The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says a press conference was held at the People's Palace of Culture for two South Korean men who were arrested by North Korean authorities on charges of espionage for the South's state spy agency.

26 A national scientific and technology presentation and exhibition in the field of green architectural technology takes place at the Natural Energy Institute of the State Academy of Sciences.

26 The KCNA says DPRK (North Korea) Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong on March 25 sent a message of sympathy to his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in regards to a plane crash that killed many German nationals.

26 A delegation of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) leaves Pyongyang to attend the 132nd Conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to be held in Vietnam.

27 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gives field guidance to construction sites of a pickled-fish processing factory and the Kumsanpho Fishery Station.

27 Minju Joson claims the United States is chilling the efforts of the DPRK to defuse tension and create a peaceful atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula.

27 A national sci-tech presentation and exhibition takes place in the field of green architectural technology.

27 Kim Jong-un has a photo session with the participants of the 7th National Conference of Sportspersons.

28 A delegation of the Democratic Women's Union of Korea leaves Pyongyang to participate in the meetings of the Women's International Democratic Federation to be held in El Salvador and to visit Mexico.

28 The Rodong Sinmun claims in a commentary the U.S.'s harsh sanctions against DPRK will entail catastrophic consequences.

28 A spokesman for the DPRK's Foreign Ministry lashes out at the U.S. and its allies, including Japan and the European Union, for railroading the anti-DPRK "human rights resolution" through the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council.

29 The Rodong Sinmun claims the U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises are the root cause of pushing the situation on the Korean Peninsula to a dangerous phase of war.

30 The 71st enlarged plenary meeting of the Central Committee (C.C.) of the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea, takes place in Pyongyang.

30 The Korean Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disability starts classes with due ceremony.

30 The KCNA says the 4th April Spring People's Art Festival will be held in Pyongyang from April 11 to 17 on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the late President Kim Il-sung.

30 In a commentary, the KCNA claims some European countries are blindly following the U.S., unaware of its ulterior design to throw all of Europe into an abyss of confusion and confrontation and bring down the EU at last.

31 The general meeting of the DPRK Olympic Committee-2015 takes place to review the work of the committee for 2014 and discuss the orientation of its work for 2015.

31 The 78th enlarged plenary meeting of the C.C., the General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea, the 56th enlarged plenary meeting of the C.C., the Kim Il-Sung Socialist Youth League and the 70th enlarged plenary meeting of the C.C., the Democratic Women's Union of Korea take place in Pyongyang and Pyongsong City, South Pyongan Province.

31 In a commentary, the KCNA slams a plan by European countries to sell attack helicopters to South Korea.

31 The general meeting of the DPRK Olympic Committee-2015 takes place in Pyongyang.

31 The KCNA says the State Stamp Bureau recently issued a new stamp encouraging the people to implement the joint slogans set forth by the Central Committee and the Central Military Commission of the Workers' Party of Korea to mark the 70th anniversaries of the liberation of the country and the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea.

31 Kim Yong-nam, president of the SPA Presidium, respectively receives credentials from Sultan Salmeen Saeed Al Mansouri, Qatari ambassador to the DPRK, and Lansina Boua Kone, Malian ambassador to the DPRK, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall

April

1 Kim Jong-un gives field guidance to a machine plant managed by Jon Tong-ryol.

1 The new school year (2015-2016) begins in the DPRK with due ceremonies at schools.

1 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of sympathy to Angolan President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos as regards torrential rain and hurricane that hit the country recently, claiming huge casualties and material losses.

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