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South-North Relations

Weekly Report on North Korea

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Weekly Report on North Korea No.

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Internal Affairs

o Chairman Kim Jong-il visited military unit 934 on May 30 and Impregnable Royal Guard unit 716 two days later to boost military morale and to induce allegiance. He also visited a 'farm' and a 'goat breeding farm' belonging to military unit 534 on June 4 to conduct an on-site guidance, during which he showed interest in double-cropping and quality dairy products.

o The presidium of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly reported June 3 that election of the 11th-term deputies of the Supreme People's Assembly will be held on August 3. And, on the occasion of the 55th anniversary of its founding this year, North Korea is expected to strengthen its internal unity and overhaul its overall state management systems by again installing Kim Jong-il as the chairman of the National Defense Commission and restructuring organizations and personnel in key state institutions.

o In a presidium ordinance of the Supreme People's Assembly June 2, the jurisdiction of Gaepung and Jangpung counties went to North Hwanghae province from Gaeseong city. The step was rated as an administrative move to intensively develop the Gaeseong area as industrial and tourism zones.

o The Workers Party newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, reported June 4 that 20 million "People's Livelihood Bonds" were sold in May. It gave this interim report on the sale of the bonds apparently to encourage the people to buy them.

o In a ceremony to start the operation of Cheongdan Basic Food Factory May 31, North Korea said it now had the capability to produce and provide basic foods like soy sauce and soybean paste smoothly. Highlighting efforts to expand the sources of side-dishes, the Rodong Sinmun also said June 2 that some 100 pastures for goats were created in North Korea and that the number of goats was multiplied 3.8 times in the past seven years.

o North Korea's Central Broadcasting Station reported June 1 that on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of International Children's Day, children in North Korea spent the fete meaningfully with songs, dances, sports and various entertainment. The events appear to be intended to encourage allegiance of the children by showing the state's interest in and consideration for them.

Relations with South Korea


o North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland in a statement on June 2 mentioned the possibility of a 'greater disaster for South Korea if it criticized the North Korean ruling system' and demanded that the South apologize and prevent any repetition of similar situations.

o In connection with the South Korean navy's warning shots over the North Korean fishing boats that crossed the Northern Limit Line (NLL) into the South Korean waters, a spokesman of North Korea's naval command alleged June 2 that the move was a "military provocation with shots" as they encroached upon the North Korean territorial waters."

o An inter-Korean military working-level meeting, held at Panmunjom on June 4, discussed solutions of various military issues pending connection of railways and roads between the two Koreas. The two sides also agreed to visit the other's zone on June 11 to make on-site verification of the work to connect the Seoul-Sinuiju Railway and the Donghae (East Sea) Railway and their parallel roads.

* It will be the first time that soldiers of each side will visit the other side of the Demilitarized Zone since the 1953 Korean armistice.

External Affairs

o The spokesman of the North Korean foreign ministry said that in an interview with the (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) June 2 a U.S. congressional delegation stated that North Korea and the delegation "reached an agreement on resolving the nuclear issue through dialogue," a remark indicating Pyongyang's hope for a meeting with Washington. The six-member delegation, led by Curt Weldon, visited North Korea May 30-June 1.

o On the occasion of the passage of the National Emergency Legislation by Japan's parliament, the KCNA issued a memorandum June 6, in which North Korea vehemently denounced Japan for "launching maneuvers for overseas expansionism to establish a hegemonic domination over Asia." It made the denunciation as it illustrated a chronicle of Japan's history of invasion and moves to build a great military power.

o In a KCNA interview with the foreign ministry, North Korea condemned the G-8 Summit for the "sycophancy and flattery condoning the U.S. strong-arm methods." It made the condemnation in reaction to the G-8 summit's statement that North Korea had violated international law in connection with the nuclear issue.

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