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Weekly Report on North Korea

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Weekly Report on North Korea No.

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2002-11-28
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1. Domestic Affairs

-North Korea underscored the need for it to develop a wood processing industry and to better create and preserve forests at the "Meeting of Enthusiasts in Forestry Industry." It also publicized progress made in recent land adjustment work in Nampo in Pyeongannam-do Province.

In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the publication of a laborious work on an "Alternative Business System," the late leader Kim Il-sung was lauded. The North also emphasized the need of improving economic management systems from a new, reform-minded perspective to better fit in with the present economic environment.

The annual winter march for college students and younger boys from various parts of North Korea to visit revolutionary battlefields at Mt. Baekdu was launched in order to inspire ideological readiness and loyalty.

Seizing on the tense atmosphere surrounding the nuclear issue, the Rodong Sinmun sought to justify the causes of Kim Jong-il's military-first policy and the "hardship march" and repeatedly emphasized the importance of the catchphrase "Let's Live in Our Own Ways" in its political commentary carried in the November 12 edition.

 

2. Relations with South Korea

 

- The South and the North reaffirmed their stances on the previously agreed issues including holding the groundbreaking for the construction of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex at the end of December and a South Korean economic delegation's visit to North Korea at the Third Inter-Korean Economic Cooperation Promotion Meeting. That provided a basis for inter-Korean cooperation in the economic arena to proceed.

The North Korean media falsely reported that South Korean naval ships intruded the North Korean territorial waters and South Korean tanks instigated a provocation near the military demarcation line. It is notable that the North said these acts were caused by the attitude of the South Korean military authorities to follow the U.S.

The North publicized that its Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland discussed future action plans of its subordinate organizations and pending issues to encourage all North Koreans to rally around the campaigns for the North's military-first policies and the conclusion of a North Korea-U.S. non-aggression pact.

 

3. External Affairs

 

While continuing its request to conclude a North Korea-U.S. non-aggression pact, the North repeatedly criticized the U.S. claim about the threat of its nuclear development program. These moves seem to be intended to bring to the fore the illegitimacy of the U.S. policy to put pressure on North Korea in connection with the nuclear issue.

The North warned that unless the five Japanese abductees who were given permission to visit Japan returned to the North, it would postpone indefinitely the North Korea-Japan security talks due to be held during November. It is expected that the future North Korea-Japan relations would not move on smoothly.

The groundbreaking ceremony for a goodwill park was held at the Russian embassy in North Korea, symbolically signifying friendly ties between North Korea and Russia, which have been recently strengthened.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of ties between North Korea and Pakistan, the foreign ministers of the two countries exchanged congratulatory telegrams. 

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