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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 66 (August 6, 2009)

All Headlines 10:46 August 06, 2009


SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea between July 30-Aug. 5, 2009.


30 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il gives field guidance to the renovated Pyongyang Textile Mill to mark the 63rd anniversary of the promulgation of the historic Law on Sex Equality.

30 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, sends a message of greetings to Hans Rudolf Merz, president of Switzerland, on its national day.

30 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Kurmanbek Bakiyev on his reelection as president of Kyrgyzstan.

30 A South Korean squid-fishing boat carrying four crewmen is towed to an eastern port in North Korea for illegally entering into Northern waters.

31 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says Kim Yong-nam on July 29 sent a message of greetings to Thomas Boni Yayi, president of Benin, on the 49th anniversary of its independence.

31 The Chinese embassy in Pyongyang hosts a reception to mark the 82nd birthday of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, attended by Pak Jae-gyong, vice-minister of the North's People's Armed Forces, among others.

31 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of Ryo Won-gu, Presidium member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of Korea, expressing deep sorrow over her death.


1 The KCNA says a relevant North Korean institution is conducting a thorough investigation into a South Korean fishing boat captured on July 30 for illegally crossing the eastern sea border into North Korean waters.

1 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Gjorgje Ivanov, president of Macedonia, on its national day.

1 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a message of greetings to Nikola Gruevski, prime minister of Macedonia, on its national day.

1 A national meeting is held in Pyongyang to mark the 35th anniversary of the publication of Kim Jong-il's work on "modeling the whole society on the Juche (self-reliance) idea."

1 Kathi Zellweger, country director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation in the DPRK (North Korea), hosts a reception on the national day of Switzerland.

3 A national exhibition of "August 3 consumer goods" opens in Pyongyang to display various ironware, electric appliances, clothing, grass-work, agricultural products and sundry goods.

3 Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, holds talks with heads of delegations of different countries, international organizations and overseas compatriots participating in the Pyongyang International Architectural Book Exhibition.

3-5 The Pyongyang International Architectural Book Exhibition is held.

3 A friendship delegation of the Communist Party of China led by Luo Shugang, permanent deputy head of the Publicity Department of its Central Committee, and a delegation of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations led by Vice-President Tao Jian fly into Pyongyang.

4 The organizing committee of the Pyongyang international bookfair and the (North) Korean Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries co-host a reception in Pyongyang for the participants in the event.

4 Bill Clinton, former president of the United States, flies into Pyongyang.

4 Premier Kim Yong-il sends a congratulatory message to Voiko Borisov upon his appointment as prime minister of Bulgaria.

4 The National Defense Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea gives a dinner in honor of former U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Paekhwawon State Guest House in Pyongyang, attended by Kim Jong-il.

4 Kim Jong-il meets with Bill Clinton and his party on a visit to North Korea.

5 The KCNA says Kim Jong-il granted a special pardon to two American journalists held for illegally entering North Korea on a reporting tour.

5 Bill Clinton leaves Pyongyang to return home wrapping up a two-day surprise visit.

5 The KCNA says Pyongyang has issued a postage stamp to commemorate the April 5 rocket launch.

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