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Weekly Report on North Korea

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Weekly Report on North Korea No.

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1. Domestic Affairs

1. Domestic Affairs

  - Chairman Kim Jong-il urged the military and economic sectors to do their part during on-site guidance visits to the Army Unit 323 and its subordinate squad on December 18, the waterway between Gaecheon and Taeseongho, the Naenam Collective Farm, and a cattle-breeding farm in the Ungok area.

  - North Korea attempted to inspire allegiance to Kim Jong-il and his mother, Kim Jeong-sook, by staging a "vowing rally" by members of the General Federation of Trade Unions and other events. The occasion was to mark the 11th anniversary of Kim Jong-il's inauguration as the republic's commander-in-chief and the 85th birthday of Kim Jeong-sook, as well.

  - The Ministry of the People's Armed Forces held on December 18 a research-debate meeting on "Kim Jong-il's achievement in leading the military-first drive."

  - Each North Korean province held a meeting of "youth pioneers in good morals in the military-first era" to urge the people to exhibit the "spirit of guns-bombs" and the "spirit of self-explosion" and to stand as the vanguard for the construction of socialism.

  - North Korea held the first national exhibition and presentation of agricultural science technology performance and introduced seed improvement, mechanization and performance in the livestock sector.

  - The army also mobilized soldiers to construct a modern eel cultivating farm.

2. Relations with South Korea

  - North and South Korea laid the foundation for the construction of the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and overland route to Mt. Geumgang, when officials from the two sides agreed on the South's provision of materials and equipment for the Seoul-Sinuiju and East Sea railway and road connection works and on opening to traffic temporary roads running along the two trans-border railways. The agreement was made December 15-17 at Mt. Geumgang during the third meeting of officials concerned with the cross-border traffic.

  - The two Koreas held their second Red Cross meeting in Mt. Geumgang December 15-17 to discuss further reunion of separated families and establishment of permanent reunion centers for the displaced kin. As the North side was resistant to the South side's demand for further reunions, though eager to establish reunion centers, the two sides will handle the reunion matter at the next meeting, which has not yet been scheduled.

  - In the name of an economic delegation, North Korea issued statements, one after another, instigating an "anti-U.S. holy war," as it ascribed lack of progress in the first inter-Korean working-level consultative meeting on an economic cooperation system to the pressure allegedly applied by the United States.

  - North Korea apparently hoped for a reduced opposition inside South Korea to its December 12 foreign ministry statement on its lifting of the nuclear development freeze with a comment three days later by the spokesman of its Committee for the Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland that the move posed no threat to the South.

3. External Affairs

  - North Korea strengthened pressure on the United States to agree to reopening dialogue with it by showing its will to restart its nuclear installations when its director in charge of atomic energy wrote to the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), demanding that seals and surveillance cameras be removed from the facilities.

  - In connection with the capture by the United States of the North Korean freighter So San, North Korea, through its media organizations, accused the United States of breaching the international law and practices and demanded apologies and compensation.

  - North Korea's ruling Workers Party organ, Rodong Sinmun, made an issue on December 19 out of the recent joint Korea-U.S. statement issued after the Korea-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting and maintained that Pyongyang had no intention of begging dialogue with the United States.

  - North Korea made it plain it rejects "politically-motivated" humanitarian support, saying the United States was trying to gain concessions from it by providing conditional food support. The statement, made by the spokesman of the foreign ministry, was carried by the Korean Central News Agency on December 16.

  - Cambodia's foreign minister and an economic delegation from the Iranian government visited North Korea, respectively.

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