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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  
Chairman Kim Jong-il inspected an aviation club of the Air Force Command of the Korea People's Army (April 3). He was accompanied by Jo Myong-rok, director of the general political department of the KPA, Kim Yong-chun, chief of the general staff, Kim Il-chol, minister of the People's Armed Forces, and general Ri Myong-su.

A seminar on Kim Jong-il's work, entitled "About juche (self-reliance) ideology," was held in the People's Palace of Culture, Pyongyang, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the publication of the treatise (March 30). Panelists called for the realization of the ideology in socialist construction and revolution.

The Internet edition of the Chosun Shinbo ran a feature story on North Korean tourism attractions, which are included in the so-called "Arirang" package tour (March 27). Arirang is a a mass gymnastics performance. "The package tour spans the Triumphal Arch, the Pyongyang subway system and 25 other Pyongyang-based sites, and tourist sites in three provinces, such as Kaesong City, West Sea Floodgate and Mt. Myohyang," it said.

The Pyongyang Science and Technology Festival was held on the campus at Kim Chaek University of Technology on April 2 to commemorate the 90th birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung's exhibited. It displayed scientific inventions, held a seminar on new technology and prize-winning technologies.

Oh Kwang-hong was appointed Minister of Power and Coal Industries, Central Broadcasting Station reported (April 2).

2. South Korean Relations
North Korea announced a six-point agreement with South Korea, which had been reached after a South Korean special envoy's meeting with Chairman Kim Jong-il (April 6). It called for respect for each other under the June 15 Joint Declaration, restoration of inter-Korean relations, reconstruction of railroads and roads that had once been disconnect , reopening of Inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation projects, resumption of inter-Korean military talks, and cooperation to boost the national unity and humanitarian projects.

Social and political organizations, including the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland (March 29), the Socialist Democratic Party (March 30) and the Korean Chondoist Young Friends Party (March 31), accused South Korea's Grand National Party of its basic policy toward North Korea. "They absurdly demand that reciprocity, transparency and peace be placed before inter-Korean exchanges and cooperation," they noted.

3. External affairs 
A Foreign Ministry spokesman had an interview with Pyongyang Broadcasting Station on the U.S. government's announcement that it might defer the implementation of the 1994 Geneva nuclear agreement between the two countries. "North Korean would take necessary measures if the United States does not provide North Korea with a light-water reacted and heavy oil under the agreement," he said(April 5).

A Foreign Ministry spokesman had an interview with the Central News Agency on a meeting between North Korean and U.S. officials in New York, Pyongyang Broadcasting Station reported (April 5). "The United States have clarified their position on meetings between Washington and Pyongyang and called for the resumption of negotiations with the Korea Energy Development Organization (KEDO). We agree to continue our negotiations," he said.

A spokesman for the Asia-Pacific Peace Committee imputed responsibility for the stalled Mt. Geumgang Tour project to the United States, Pyongyang Broadcasting Station reported (April 4). "The project has been bogged down solely due to the U.S. trickery and intrigue," he said.The Pyongyang-Khabarovsk(in Russia) regular air flight began a twice-a-week service (April 5).

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