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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
o Chairman Kim Jong-Il visited and delivered field guidance to the Integrated Branch Stock Farm at the Namsan Co-op Farm in Kusong City (July 18) and the Sakju Foodstuff Factory in North Pyongan Province (July 19).
  - Among those accompanying Kim were the secretaries of the Korea Worker's Party Central Committee, Kim Kuk-Thae, Kim Ki-Nam and Ri Yong-Chul.

o On July 15, Central Broadcasting Station reported on the government decision to further extend the Arirang performances.
  - Following its June 23 report of the government's decision to extend the period of the performances to mid-July, Central Broadcasting Station made a subsequent report that the performances were being extended further without specifying the dates.

o The second May 21st Architectural Festival was held at the People's Palace of Culture from July 15 to July 17, bringing together architects, technicians, teachers and researchers in the fields of architectural design and science from across the country.
  - The festival program included a national symposium on architectural construction, exhibitions of architectural designs and a national exhibition on the modernization of architectural construction and design.

o The second National Exhibition of Calligraphic Works for the Jiwon Cup was held on July 10 at the Pyongyang International Hall of Culture to commemorate the 108th anniversary of the birth of Kim Jong-Il's grandfather Kim Hyung-Jik (July 18).

o Central Broadcasting Station reported on the initiatives to alleviate the power shortage, including the construction of the Chusang No. 1 Power Station in Hamju County (July 14, Central Broadcasting Station) and some 50 small and medium-sized power plants in Jagang Province (July 18, Central Broadcasting Station).

o A series of projects to build additional housing for discharged servicemen were launched to ease a housing shortage.
  - A construction project to build houses for 500 households of discharged soldiers near the July 6 Railway Plant in the South Hamkyung Province (July 13, Pyongyang Broadcasting Station); a Military-First Village project to build housing for discharged military officers and honored servicemen (injured soldiers) in Shinsang Zone in Hamju County, South Hamkyung Province (July 14, Central Broadcasting Station); construction of about 2,260 blocks of 2,840 houses in the North Pyongan Province alone during the first half of 2002 (July 18, Central Broadcasting Station).

2. South Korean Relations
o On July 14 Central Broadcasting Station reported on anti-American sentiment in the South including the flare-up of rallies among various social groups to condemn the fatal crash of an armored vehicle of the United States Armed Forces into South Korean schoolgirls.

o A commentary in the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of the Korea Worker's Party, slammed the new South Korean Defense Minister Lee Jun for his remarks on the Yellow Sea clash during his inauguration speech. (Pyongyang Broadcasting Station reported July 17)
  - The commentary said that "right-wing conservatives including the Grand National Party are taking advantage of the Yellow Sea clash to create a drama promoting confrontations against the DPRK, and exhorting the government to characterize the DPRK as the South's principal enemy. (Pyongyang Broadcasting Station, July 19)

3. External affairs
o President of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium Kim Yong-Nam continued with his diplomatic activities in Libya and Syria after a visit to Indonesia. (Central Broadcasting Station, July 14-19)
  - Kim signed an Agreement on Investment Promotion and Protection, an Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, an Execution Plan for the 2002-2004 Information and Cultural Agreement with Libya (July 16) and an Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation with Syria. (July 18)

o A Russian delegation of technicians arrived in North Korea to check the facilities of the Pyongyang Coal-Fired Plant. (Chosun Sinbo, July 12)

o According to Pyongyang Broadcasting Station, a delegation from the International Liaison Department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, a delegation from the Chinese National Newspaper Supervisors' Association, a KEDO delegation, and the Secretary General of the Juche (self-reliance) Ideology Research Center in Europe visited North Korea (July 16)

o According to Central Broadcasting Station, a decree of the Supreme People's Assembly Presidium named Chun Jae-Hong, the current Ambassador to Thailand, as the new Ambassador to Australia. (July 19)

o North Korean media including Central Broadcasting Station intensely denounced the Rimpac training exercise, a U.S-led joint military training exercise of eight Pacific-Rim countries including Japan and South Korea held from June 25 to July 23. (July 15)
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