o Chairman Kim Jong-il and 686 others were elected deputies to the 11th-term Supreme People's Assembly in the elections held August 3. The elections showed that 343, or 50 percent of the 10th-term deputies, had been replaced.
- The outcome of the elections also showed that the Kim Jong-il regime sought to solidify its foundation as the essential party, administration and military figures were returned. But, a gradual generational change was also sought in the ranks of working-level deputies in all sectors.
o Through the central Broodcast report August 2, Chairman Kim Jong-il visited the headquarters company of unit 821 and the "April 16 Goat Pasture" of unit 757 August 1 and toured the headquarters company of units 757 and 287 the next day to reaffirm the military's absolute allegiance to him and to boost the military's morale by improving side dishes with supplies obtained from the pasture.
- Through on-site guidances in the typical light industry establishments in Pyongyang like the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory and the Seongyo Knitting Factory, chairman Kim Jong-il stressed the need for an increased production of daily consumer goods and the need to improve the quality of life by better clothing, the Central Broadcasting said August 6.
o It is believed that the result of sales promotion of "people's livelihood bonds" during the May-July period was less than expected in view of the fact that no numgers are mentioned so far.
o North Korea held a report session to mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Central Information Service for Science and Technology at Pyongyang's Moranbong Theater August 5. During the event, it said the service was contributing to the construction of a strong and prosperous nation by serving as a central base for scientific and technological information.
o On the occasion of the "Months for the Protection of State and Social Properties" (August-September), North Korea emphasized a scientific management of properties in line with the era of information industry. It called all institutions, factories and enterprises for an improvement of property management at masses' level.
Relations with South Korea
o In connection with the death August 4 of Chung Mon-hun, chairman of Hyundai Asan, North Korea's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee and the Social Democratic Party issued statements in the name of their spokesmen and sent messages of condolences August 5 and held meetings of condolence in Mt. Geumgang August 7.
- In the spokesman's statement issued August 4, the Asia-Pacific Peace Committee said, "The death of chairman Chung Mong-hun is a murder by the sword of the Special Prosecutor and in memory of the deceased, the Mt. Geumgang tourism business will be temporarily suspended for an unspecified period including the mourning period." It also added that there will be no break in the progress toward unification and prosperity of the Korean people in accordance with the June 15, 2000 South-North Joint Declaration.
o In reaction to the National Assembly's adoption on July 1 of a resolution calling on North Korea to improve its human rights, North Korea in a Rodong Sinmun commentary August 4 denounced the parliamentary step, describing it as "parroting others' human rights resolutions, which completely runs counter to the current stream toward independent unification."
o In a statement issued by the foreign ministry spokesman August 4, North Korea announced that six-way talks will be opened soon as the United States gave up its 'drop nukes first, dialogue later' demand and Pyongyang accepted the 'six-party proposal.'
o North Korea claimed that since the multilateral talks sought by the United States were to be held, whether the U.S. will on change its North Korea policy will be clearly revealed to the international community.
o In connection with the combined Eulchi Focus Lens military exercises scheduled for August 18-23, statements of the spokesmen of the foreign ministry on August 7, and of the Committee for the Peaceful Unification of the Fatherland on July 31 demanded an immediate stop to the war games, arguing that the "maneuvers were war exercises to check out the U.S preparations for invasion of North Korea."
o North Korea warned that if Japan's right-wing reactionaries continued to commit reckless terror activities, Japan will incur disastrous effects. It made the warning in the name of the North Korea-Japan Friendship Association August 1 and other social organizations in connection with a firing on the building of the pro-Pyongyang Korean residents' association in Japan and a bomb planting at the branch of a credit union under the control of the association.