1. External affairs
- Chairman of the National Defense Commission Kim Jong-il inspected a series of military units on the Eastern frontline on October 14-15 and visited the Anbyon Chongnyon No. 2 Power Plant on October 16. The move seems to be intended to review the preparedness of the areas for the implementation of inter-Korean cooperative projects including the connection work of the Donghae (East coast) railway and highway.
- Since a new wage system was adopted as part of the "July 1st Economic Measure," it was reported that the wages of coal miners were greatly increased. The introduction of an incentive system was also publicized to have brought forth a positive effect at industrial sites.
- At a national convention of medical workers, the new system in which doctors are required to take care of patients in their designated areas was reported to have generated positive results. The North underscored the significance of maintaining and developing a free medical system in the spirit of socialism.
- On the occasion of the 55th anniversary of the establishment of the Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, North Koreans were urged to rally around the campaign to devote their loyalty to the 'suryong (great leader)' and follow the tradition of preserving its political system.
- The North reported that it has recently launched a project to beautify the Younggwang streets in Pyongyang to improve the living condition of residents and give a favorable impression to the increasing number of foreign visitors.
2. Relations with South Korea
- The South and North held working-level meetings for the reconnection of cross-border railways and highways at Mt. Geumgang on October 12-13. Both sides agreed upon the list of items and quantities of construction materials and equipment, and delivery and receipt procedures. It is expected to pave the way for smooth progress in the construction work.
- In the wake of an inter-Korean youth rally for unification and the inter-Korean women's meeting for unification, the North stressed the need for a faithful implementation of the June 15 Joint Declaration and expressed hope that the unification movement would be promoted in various fields of society.
- The North focused on publicizing the Busan Asian Games by televising the closing ceremony and the men's marathon. It also encouraged South and North Koreans to come forward for the struggle to achieve reunification under the banner of the June 15 Joint Declaration.
- On the contrary, the North lashed out at South Korea's main opposition Grand National Party and the party's presidential candidate. The North also accused the South's unification ministry of creating "artificial barriers" by selectively excluding some applicants from the inter-Korean youth rally for unification.
3. External Affairs
- In connection with the US presidential envoy's visit to North Korea, the North denounced the US demands and the envoy's "attitude" at the bilateral talks for several consecutive days. The North declared that the US hard-line stance against North Korea would have a negative influence on the issue of returning the remains of the U.S. servicemen.
- The five Japanese abductees in North Korea, who had been confirmed to be alive at the North Korea-Japan summit meeting on September 17, are visiting Japan for the first time in more than two decades. It is noted whether the move would ease the public anger over North Korea in Japan.
- Vice president Yang Hyong-sop of the presidium of the North Korean Supreme People's Assembly paid an official goodwill visit to China. He had a series of meetings with top Chinese officials and stressed his country's friendly ties with China.
- Kim Young-nam, North Korea's head of state, sent a telegram of condolence to Indonesian President Megawati over the bombing on the Indonesian resort island of Bali and declared his stance against terrorism.