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Weekly Report on North Korea

Weekly Report on North Korea from December 30, 2017 to January 5, 2018 (No. 1394)


【Internal Affairs】

On December 30-January 1, the North Korean media reported that Kim Jong Un watched a congratulatory performance for the participants of the fifth Conference of Cell Chairpersons of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and made a New Year’s address.

On January 2, the North Korean media reported that schoolchildren gave the New Year’s performance “Song of Greatest Happiness” at the Mangyongdae Schoolchildren’s Palace on December 31.

On January 5, the North Korean media reported that officials of ministries and national institutions did the first “Friday Labor” for this year at farms in Pyongyang.

【Inter-Korean Affairs】

On January 3, the North Korean media reported that as delegated by Kim Jong Un, Ri Son Kwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, announced the North’s position on the South Korean government’s official position on Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s address and on the ROK President’s remarks at a Cabinet meeting.

【Foreign Affairs】

On December 29, the KCNA, in its report, defined 2017 as a year when a fundamental change took place in the global political landscape surrounding the Korean Peninsula and emphasized the North’s determination to implement the “Byungjin” line(simultaneous development of the economy and nuclear weapons).


1) Friday Labor refers to the rendering of physical labor every Friday by white-collar workers and office workers of the party’s and state’s institutions and enterprises.