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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 264 (May 30, 2013)

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*** CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW (DC)

SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from May 23-29, 2013.

May

23 Rodong Sinmun says the United States should face reality and find a way to coexist with a nuclear-armed DPRK (North Korea).

23 The (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) claims the recent rocket launch by the (North) Korean People's Army (KPA) is part of regular military exercises.

23 The KCNA lashes out at South Korean President Park for her remarks that the DPRK cannot succeed in its new strategic line of simultaneously pursuing economic growth and the development of nuclear weapons.

23 Kim Yong-nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA), sends a message of greeting to Issaias Afewerki, president of Eritrea, on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of its independence.

23 The KCNA says North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's special envoy Choe Ryong-hae, director of the General Political Bureau of the KPA, visited the Beijing Economic and Technological Development District.

23 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the construction of Breeding Station No. 621 of the KPA, which received field guidance from Kim Jong-un.

23 Kim Yong-nam meets with a delegation from Vientiane, Laos led by Soukanh Mahalath, secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party, at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang.

23 An event takes place at the Taedong River Diplomatic Club in Pyongyang to observe World Malaria Day.

24 The KCNA says Kim Jong-un's special envoy Choe Ryong-hae met with Liu Yunshan, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC), at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

24 Choe Ryong-hae meets with Fan Changlong, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC and vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the CPC, at a building of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

24 The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea denounces South Korea's chief executive for making anti-DPRK remarks that insult the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK.

24 Choe Ryong-hae meets with Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the CPC and president of the People's Republic of China, on a visit to China as a special envoy of Kim Jong-un at the Great Hall of the People.

25 Kim Yong-nam sends a congratulatory message to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairman of the Committee of the African Union (AU), on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the AU.

25 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Abdullah II, king of Jordan, on the occasion of the 67th anniversary of its independence.

25 Kim Jong-un provides field guidance to the combined foodstuff-processing factory under the KPA Unit 534.

25 The spokesman for the Policy Department of the National Defense Commission (NDC) says, "Park Geun-hye, puppet president of South Korea, openly revealed her sinister intention to stand in confrontation with the DPRK again."

25 Kim Jong-un provides field guidance to a supply base on the east coast under KPA Unit 639.

26 Kim Jong-un provides field guidance to the Masik Pass Skiing Ground now under construction by the KPA.

27 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the Musan Mining Complex, the nation's leading iron ore producer.

27 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Girma Wolde-Giorgis, president of Ethiopia, on the occasion of its national day.

27 Kim Jong-un provides field guidance to the August 25 Fishery Station under the KPA Unit 313.

27 Foreign Minister Pak Ui-chun sends a congratulatory message to Datuk Anifah Aman upon his reappointment as foreign minister of Malaysia.

28 The spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea states that South Korean authorities should face the trend of the times, denouncing South Korea's rejection of the North Korean offer for a joint event to mark June 15.

28 Kim Yong-nam sends a message of greeting to Ilham Aliyev, president of Azerbaijan, on the occasion of its national day.

28 Minju Joson, the North's government paper, denounces the South Korean unification minister's remarks on human rights in the North.

28 Female athlete Pak Kum-hyang wins a gold medal by finishing first at the 3,000 meter women's hurdle race at the 2013 Chinese Taipei Track and Field Tournament.

29 Rodong Sinmun claims the Japanese reactionaries' moves to set up the "National Security Council" aimed at overseas aggression are very dangerous, pushing the situation in Northeast Asia, particularly on the Korean Peninsula, to the brink of war.

29 Premier Pak Pong-ju makes a field survey of the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex and the Chongjin Steel Works.

29 Premier Pak Pong-Ju conducts a field survey of the Kim Chaek Iron and Steel Complex and the Chongjin Steel Works.

29 Rodong Sinmun slams Japan's aim to set up a "National Security Council" as an effort to convert Japan into a military giant and usher in a war of aggression.

29 A ceremony takes place to mark the completion of the updating of the production processes of the Phyongsong Synthetic Leather Factory in South Phyongan with Premier Pak Pong-ju in attendance.

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