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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 of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il sent the letters of appreciation and necessary equipment to economic entities and educational institutions in an apparent bid to boost the public morale and productivity.

Educational equipment was delivered to Kim Il-sung University (May 12), a Sinuiju cosmetics factory, and the institute of Computer Science at the Academy of Sciences (May 13), and Institutions maintaining Sinhung County-based revolutionary sites (May 15).

Land plotting projects were launched in Pyongan Province and two cities of Pyongyang and Nampo (May 16, Central Broadcasting Station)

Land plotting projects were initiated in July, 1998 under Kim's instructions to secure larger farming land and improve productivity in line with the national land development plans.

Ri Song-hui won the first place in her weight category in the first Asian Weightlifting Masters Championships in Qatar (May 14, Central Broadcasting Station)

North Korea developed seed antiseptics from wasted anthracite coal (May 12, Central Broadcasting Station)

A power plant was under construction near Junggang County, Province County (May 15, Central Broadcasting Station)

2. South Korean Relations
Kim hosted a dinner reception for a visiting South Korean Rep. Park Geun-hye as a quasi-state guest (May 13).
- This meeting between North and South Korean politicians is attributed to Kim's benevolent policy to seek the national solidarity, (May 12 at the banquet hosted by the Council for National Reconciliation)

A group of South Korean residents from cheju Island visited North Korea at the invitation of the Council for National Reconciliation from May 10 to 15.

A spokesman for the Council for National Reconciliation issued a statement condemning the South Korean government for the cancellation of a working contact scheduled to be held at a hotel near Mt. Geumgang from May 14 and 15 (May 17)
- The statement said that the contact was scrapped not because North Korea did not send its letters of invitation for the meeting, but the South Korean Ministry of Unification disapprove the North Korean invitations that were sent through the National Alliance for the Country's Reunification.

3. External affairs
A Lao government delegation (led by Prime Minister Boungnang Vorachith) paid an official friendly visit to North Korea (May 11 to 14).

Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the ruling Workers' Party, denounced the plans of the United States to send one of its aircraft carriers to the largest South Korean port of Pusan and fly a surveillance airplane over the South Korean airspace during the World Cup soccer championships. (May 12)
- Under the pretext of security guarantee, the United States is moving its large aggressive forces forward to strengthen its military presence," the newspaper commented.

Rodong Sinmun also denounced Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi's remarks on his visit to the Yasukuni Shrine where the Japanese war dead were enshrined. It called them a pitiful excuse. Koizumi said that he hoped for his visit there not to affect Japanese friendly ties with Asian neighbors. (May 13)

Pak Kil-yon, North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, emphasized children-oriented policy and international cooperation in his speech to the U.N. Children Summit on May 9 (May 16, Central and Pyongyang broadcasting stations)

North Korea exchanged scientists and engineers with Germany, China and Malaysia to strengthen international cooperation in science and technology. (May 11 to 15, Central and Pyongyang broadcasting stations)

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