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Weekly Report on North Korea

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Weekly Report on North Korea No.

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Weekly on North Korea
1. Domestic Affairs
The 10th Supreme People's Assembly convened its fifth session (Mansudae Assembly Hall, March 27). Deputies discussed the 2001 and 2002 party projects (Prime Minister Hong Song-nam reported). They also reviewed the 2001 and 2002 budgets (Finance Minister Moon Il-bong reported). The assembly approved a bill on land planning. Central and Pyongyang broadcasting stations and Central TV reported on March 27 that the assembly discussed its 'organizational issues,' but touched on only the three agenda items alone on March 28.

Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il met members of the visiting Russian Presidential Orchestra and watched their concert (March 27).

News media reported preparation for the upcoming Fourth Exhibition of Kim Jong-il Flowers. This year's show expects an increased number of participants, including the Ministry of People's Armed Forces, the Kim Il-sung Socialist Working Youth League, and the Academy of Sciences (Central Broadcasting Station, March 27). Kim Il-sung flowers are tropical perennial plants of orchid family, which the late leader Kim Il-sung received from then Indonesian president in April, 1965.

Hong Chang-soo, a member of the Tokyo-based pro-North Korean association of Korean Japanese, called Chongryon, defended his World Super-flyweight Championship for the fourth time (Central Broadcasting Station, March 24).

2. South Korean Relations
A South Korean special envoy is scheduled to visit North Korea. (Pyongyang Broadcasting Station reported on March 25). "Both sides will discuss inter-Korean issues of mutual interest as well as grave situation facing Korea."

A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland denounced the North Korea policy of the major South Korean opposition party, the Grand National Party (March 29). "Their basic stance on North Korea negates the basic North-South Agreements and the June 15 Summit Declaration. It amounts to an act of declaring war on North Korea and poses an obstacle to the national reunification," the official said in a statement.

3. External affairs 
Indonesian President Megawati visited Pyongyang (March 28 to 30). She met Kim Yong-nam, president of the Supreme People's Assembly (March 28) and Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il (March 29).

North Korea expressed its will to implement its Geneva framework agreement with the United States (Central Broadcasting Station reported, March 29). "Despite the electricity loss and negative effect on the national economy due to the freeze on our nuclear reactor, we have not broken and will not break the agreement we made with the United States," the station said in a news commentary.

The Academy of Sciences concluded an agreement on scientific research cooperation with the Russian Academy of Sciences (March 22).

A delegateg North Korean diplomat gave an address in the 58th U.N. meeting on human rights (March 22). "Japan occupied Korea militarily and committed inhumane crimes on the Korean people. All countries, including Japan, which had a record of racial discrimination, should take responsibility for their wrongdoing," he said in the speech.

A group of German physicists and engineers visited North Korea (March 23). They discussed possible joint researches, exchanges of information and researchers, and other cooperation issues in science and technology with North Korean scientists and engineers.

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