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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
Various events were held to commemorate the 90th birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung. Among them were the April Spring Friendship Art Festival, International Marathon for Mangyongdae Cup, a meeting of the executive board of the International Institute of the Juche(self-reliance) Idea (IIJI), and the issue of commemorative coins.

Many events took place to mark the 9th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's election to the chairmanship of the National Defense Commission. The official ceremony was held at the April 25 House of Culture on April 8. Other events included a rally by Pyongyang youth and students (in Youth Hall, April 9), a performance by labor art circles (in Laborers' Hall, April 9) and a young soldiers' speech contest (on a guard post, April 9). All events were intended to highlight his greatness.

Chairman Kim inspected a newly built "gift exhibition hall" of the Ministry of People's Armed Forces (April 10) and the April 11 Kum Song Lifeguard Unit 834 of the Korea People's Army (April).

The 15th International Marathon for Mangyongdae Cup was held in Pyongyang (April 7). South African Motolokeng Saopalelwez (male) and Ham Pong-sil of North Korea (female) took the first places.

A national memorial service for communist revolutionary fighter Choe Hyon was held at the People's Palace of Culture (April 10).

Kim Yon-ja, a South Korean pop singer living in Japan, gave a performance at the Mansudae Art Theater, Pyongyang (April 10).

2. South Korean Relations
North Korea's Central Broadcasting Station continued its denunciation of the South Korean Grand National Party's basic policy on North Korea (April 8). "Their policy calling for peace first and then inter-Korean exchanges would impede Inter-Koreancooperation and exchanges completely and drive Inter-Korean relation toward confrontation and a war phase," it said.

The presidium of the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly announced in a decree (April 4) that it would confer "Fatherland Reunification Prizes" to Koreans at home and abroad for contributing to the efforts to reunify Korea.

3. External affairs 
Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper of the Workers' Party, denounced the U.S. sales of F-15 fighters to South Korea (Pyongyang Broadcasting Station reported, April 9). "Their arms sales and plots to beef up their military muscle would escalate a military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and bring tension to Asia," it commented.

Rodong Sinmun also demanded that Japan compensate for its past atrocities on the Korean people during its colonial regime (Pyongyang Broadcasting Station reported, April 8). "The liquidation of the past wrongdoing committed by Japan is the crucial issue in developing ties between North Korea and Japan," it said. "It is an act of defending and exercising our self-respect and self-reliant rights."

Russian President Putin sent Kim Jong-il a message (April 9), congratulating him on the Day of Sun, the birthday of the late President Kim Il-sung.

North Korea signed an agreement on cultural exchanges with Armenia (April 5).

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