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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 celebrate the 70th anniversary of the (April 25, 1932) foundation of the North Korean People's Army (KPA). Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il, senior party and government officials and KPA generals inspected the Worker and Peasant Red Guard marching on the Kim Il-sung Square April 25. Representatives from the Guard visited the Kumsusan Memorial Palace, while young students attended an evening gala and marched with torches on the square.

Chairman Kim watched a performance by a music and dance troupe of the Chinese People's Liberation Army at the Ponghwa Art Theater (April 23).

On the occasion of the 90th birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung, North Korea built revolutionary monuments of "three Mt. Paektu generals (Kim Jong-il, and his parents, Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-suk), Central Broadcasting Station reported (April 21).

The 30th anniversary of the opening of the Korean Revolution Museum was held, Central and Pyongyang broadcasting stations reported (April 23 and 24).

2. South Korean Relations
On the occasion of the 54th anniversary of the joint South and North Korean meeting of social groups, North Korea called for efforts to realize Kim Jong-il's desire for the national reunification, Pyongyang Broadcasting Station said (April 21). "We should strive to reunify Korea under the five principles, adopted at the meeting," the station said.

North Korea denounced the Grand National Party of South Korea and its former head, Lee Hoi-chang, for "serving the U.S. and Japanese imperialists as their pawns and casting a dark cloud of war over the Korean nation."

3. External affairs
Konstantin Borisovich Pulikovski, plenipotentiary representative of the Russian president to the Far East Federal District, visited North Korea (April 24). He met Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il (April 24) and Jo Chang-dok, vice premier of the cabinet, (April 25), and attended the banquet hosted by the National Defense commission.

Rodong Sinmun, a newspaper issued by the Workers' Party, criticized the U.S. policy toward North Korea (April 21). "The United States threatens to seize or sink any vessel carrying weapons of mass destruction, including missiles, while proposing resumption of dialogue with North Korea," it commented. "It is a double-face policy."

A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry issued a statement (April 23), denouncing the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to Yasukuni Shrine to worship Japanese soldiers killed in action during the World War II. "The incumbent Prime Minister's visit to the shrine can never be tolerated, regardless of its timing and form, because it justifies Japan's past war crimes," the statement said.

Central Broadcasting Station accused Japan on April 22 of its efforts to legislate laws to dispatch its troops overseas "in case of emergency." It branded the laws as a measure to justify Japan's possible invasion.

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