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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 inspected Flying Unit 858 of the Korea People's Army, Thaechon Youth Power Station No.3, Kusong Machine Tool Plant and Kusong Chicken Farm. (May 19 and 20, Central Broadcasting Station).

He has made 46 public appearances so far this year -- inspections of 17 military units and three economic sites, 21 meetings with foreign visitors, and five other activities. His latest visit to economic sites is the first since his visit to a potato processing factory in Technology County on Feb. 23. He called for the development of technology, modernization, and increase of agricultural production to ease the nation's food shortage.

North Korea stepped up its efforts to build up its social infrastructure. April 5 Power Plants No.3 and 4 started their operation (May 20), small and mid-sized power plants were normalized (May 21), the Ministry of Railways completed the construction of small and mid-sized power plants (May 22), and the government of South Pyongan Province replotted part of its land (May 23).

News media propagandized measures to ease North Korean `food shortage.' They featured stories on Mangyondae Chicken Farm (May 20), Suan County Duck Farm (May 21), Hongju Chicken Farm (May 23) and Wonsan Goat Farm (May 24), all under construction. Also, 600 housing units under construction were reported (May 22).

2. South Korean Relations
North Korean news media, quoting statements issued by a handful of South Korean social groups, tried to propagandize a large-scale anti-American protest in the South (May 22). They reported that South Koreans protested the U.S. plot to wage a nuclear war and the U.S. pressure on Seoul to buy F-15K fighters. They also tried to fuel anti-U.S. sentiment in South Korea on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of the May 18 Kwangju Democratization Movement.

Pyongyang Broadcasting Station said May 21 that Buddhists in South and North Korea held a joint mass service as a part of events to celebrate the May 19 Buddha's Birthday and to pray for the national reunification.

A spokesman for the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a statement May 18, denouncing some South Korean social groups for undermining South and North Korean efforts to reunify the nation through a national unity by trying to reveal their list of pro-North Korean leftists 

3. External affairs
Foreign Minister Paek Nam-sun visited Russia from May 20 to 23. He signed an exchange and cooperation accord with Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov (May 21).

North Korea strengthened its human resources exchanges with China. Delegations from a Chinese political school (May 18), Xinhua News Agency and an institute on international relations (May 21) visited North Korea. In exchanges, delegations from the Korean Democratic Women's Union (May 20) and a Workers' Party school (May 22) are currently visiting China.

Pyongyang denounced the U.S. government for designating North Korea as one of countries that suppress religion. It also blamed the Japanese government for seeking to beef up its military muscle and Japanese Prime Minister Koizumi for visiting the Yasukuni Shrine. While there is no official statement in response to U.S. designation of North Korean as a terrorist sponsor, Pyongyang denounced the United States as the "king of terrorism."

Frozen beef in a humanitarian aid donated by the Switzerland was delivered to North Korea (May 18). A delegation from the Academy of Sciences visited Germany (May 21).

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