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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 145 (February 24, 2010)

All Headlines 10:57 February 24, 2011

*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from Feb. 17 to Feb. 23, 2011.

February

17 The Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK), celebrates leader Kim Jong-il's birthday, lauding him as a "patriot who makes (North) Korea shed eternal rays as an invincible socialist power."

17 The 20th Paektusan Prize International Figure-skating Festival closes with a ceremony.

17 The Minju Joson, a newspaper of the North's Cabinet, accuses South Korean authorities of shifting blame to the North regarding the recent breakdown of inter-Korean talks.

18 North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and senior officials, together with members of the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang, watch a concert by the Unhasu Orchestra on the occasion of Jan. 15 of the lunar calendar, a traditional folk holiday.

18 Kim Yong-il, secretary of the WPK Central Committee, receives Le Van Cu, the outgoing Vietnamese ambassador to North Korea.

18 Iranian Ambassador to North Korea Morteza Moradian hosts a reception at his embassy on the occasion of the birthday of Kim Jong-il.

19 The Rodong Sinmun accuses South Korea of "standing in the way of improving the North-South relations" and denying dialogue.

19 Ri Ryong-nam, North Korea's minister of foreign trade, and his party depart for Russia.

19 A delegation of the Finnish Communists' League, led by Chairman Kalevi Wahrman, wraps up its trip to North Korea.

20 The Rodong Sinmun in a commentary demands Japan to settle its past war crimes.

20 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the North's Supreme People's Assembly, sends a message of congratulations to Robert Gabriel Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, on the occasion of his 87th birthday.

20 Zhang Zhijun, vice minister of foreign affairs of China, and his party arrive in Pyongyang. Zhang holds talks with Kim Kye-gwan, the North's first-vice minister of foreign affairs, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

21 The Rodong Sinmun says the North remains consistent in its stand to turn North-South relations of "distrust and confrontation" into those of reconciliation.

21 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun receives Zhang Zhijun and his party at the Mansudae Assembly Hall. The visiting Chinese officials also meet Kim Yong-nam at the same place.

21 A national memorial service is held at the People's Palace of Culture in Pyongyang to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of Han Tok-su, a former chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan.

22 Kim Yong-nam meets Le Van Cu, the outgoing Vietnamese ambassador to the North, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall.

22 Premier Choe Yong-rim sends a message of greetings to Stephenson King, prime minister of Saint Lucia, on the 32nd anniversary of its independence.

22 A ground-breaking ceremony for a Nampho-Pyongyang pipeline is held. The pipeline is expected to help supply quality drinking water to the citizens of the capital city.

22 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a message of greetings to Mohamed Bolkiah, minister of foreign affairs and trade of Brunei, on its national day.

22 Kim Jong-il sends a wreath to the bier of Nam Sun-hui, expressing deep condolences over her death. Nam was a rector of the Pyongyang Teacher Training College.

23 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greetings to Bharrat Jagdeo, president of Guyana, on the 41st anniversary of the proclamation of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.

23 Pak Ui-chun receives outgoing Malaysian Ambassador Rahimi Bin Harun.

23 The KCNA issues a commentary condemning Japan's repeated territorial ownership claims to the Dokdo islets in the East Sea.

23 An inspection group of the North's National Defense Commission argues that the attack on a South Korean border island last November was in response to a provocation made by the South.
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