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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 198 (February 23, 2012)

All Headlines 10:37 February 23, 2012

*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from February 16 to 22, 2012.

February

16 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent copies of his autograph to the people of Manpho City, Jagang Province, in reply to a letter they had sent after moving to new houses.

16 The KCNA says the North Korean Embassy in Beijing gave a reception on Feb. 13 for the 70th birth anniversary of the late Kim Jong-il.

16 Kim Jong-un attends a meeting of the servicepersons of the North's armed forces held at the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang to pledge loyalty to the North Korean leader and make public a decision to rename the palace the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun.

16 A delegation of the North Korea-Vietnam Friendship Association leaves Pyongyang for Vietnam to attend commemorations of the 100th birthday of the late North Korean founder Kim Il-sung and the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong-il.

16 The KCNA says events were held across North Korea on the 70th birth anniversary of the late Kim Jong-il.

16 Kim Jong-un visits the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun to pay respects to his late father Kim Jong-il who lies in state in the palace, along with Kim Yong-nam, Choe Yong-rim, Ri Yong-ho and Kim Kyong-hui among others.

16 Kim Jong-un watches a performance called "We will be loyal down through generations" staged at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium along with Kim Yong-nam, Choe Yong-rim and Ri Yong-ho.

16 A banquet is held at the People's Palace of Culture to mark the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong-il, with Kim Yong-nam, Choe Yong-rim and Ri Yong-ho in attendance.

17 A student arts group stages a performance at the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace in Pyongyang to mark the birth anniversary of the late Kim Jong-il.

17 Kim Jong-un enjoys a concert called "The hearts following the Sun" given by the Unhasu Orchestra, along with Choe Yong-rim, Jang Song-thaek, Kim Kyong-hui and Ri Yong-ho among others.

17 North Korean women's team defeats Mexico 1-0 in a match at the 2012 Four-nation Women's Soccer Invitation held in China.

17 Hyon Hak-bong, North Korean ambassador to Britain, presents his credentials to British Queen Elizabeth II.

18 A reception is hosted by the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of (North) Korea (WPK) and the National Defense Commission (NDC) at the Mokran House in Pyongyang to mark the 70th birthday of the late Kim Jong-il, with the participation of Kim Yong-nam, Choe Yong-rim and Ri Yong-ho among others.

18 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un received a gift from the board director of a Chinese food company from Tangshan City, Hebei Province.

18 North Korea awards the title of North Korea Labor Hero to Ri Song-il, who is an artist of the mural and jewel painting group at the Art Studio of the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA), for his contribution to portraying the late Kim Jong-il.

18 Figure skaters from Russia, China, Bulgaria, France and Finland who took part in the 21st Mount Paektu Prize International Figure Skating Festival leave Pyongyang.

18 The Politburo of the WPK Central Committee decides to convene the party conference in mid-April.

19 The KCNA says the North Korean women's team won the cup at the 2012 Four-nation Women's Soccer Invitation.

19 Premier Choe Yong-rim ends his two-day visit to Nos. 1 and 2 plants of Huichon power station recently built in Jagang Province bordering China.

19 So Man-sul, deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea and chairman of the Central Standing Committee of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, dies of a heart failure at the age of 84.

20 The KCNA says a performance entitled "We will be loyal down through generations" is being staged at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium to mark the birthday of the late Kim Jong-il.

21 A delegation led by Kim Kye-gwan, first-vice minister of Foreign Affairs, leaves Pyongyang to attend North Korea-U.S. high-level talks to be held in Beijing.

21 Kim Jong-un visits the KPA unit No. 842 along with General Pak Jae-gyong and Lieutenant General Ri Tu-song.

21 The 16th Kimjongilia (a hybrid flower named after the late Kim Jong-il) Festival is closed at the Kimilsungia-Kimjongilia Exhibition after a weeklong run starting on Feb. 14.

21 The Pothong River Aquatic Products Shop opens on the banks of the River Pothong in Pyongyang, with Ryang Man-gil, chairman of the Pyongyang City People's Committee in attendance.
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