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NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 308 (April 10, 2014)

NEWS IN BRIEF N. Korea hit by extensive outbreak of bird flu SEOUL (Yonhap) -- North Korea has experienced an outbreak of bird flu since last month, culling tens of thousands of poultry so far, its news agency said on April 9. A chicken farm in the capital city of Pyongyang first reported symptoms of avian influenza (AI), known as the H5N1 virus, on March 21, and the virus has been spreading to other poultry farms, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, citing Director Ri Kyung-kun of its agricultural ministry.

NORTH KOREA NEWSLETTER NO. 308 (April 10, 2014)

CHRONOLOGICAL REVIEW SEOUL (Yonhap) -- The following is a chronological review of major developments related to North Korea from April 3-9, 2014. 3 The National Martial Art Championship for Mangyongdae Prize opened with due ceremony at the Taekwon-Do Hall. 3 North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is presented with a gift by the Maritime Territorial Regional Committee of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation. 3 Vol. 3 of "Collection of Kim Il-sung's Anecdotes," a cycle of revolutionary anecdotes, is published in the DPRK (North Korea).

N. Korean leader reelected as head of country's most powerful body

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- Kim Jong-un was reelected as North Korea's leader Wednesday in the first meeting of the country's new parliament that also rubber-stamped a reshuffle of top positions, including the appointment of a new foreign minister. Kim's reelection as head of the North's most powerful body, the National Defense Commission, was widely expected. But the first session of the North's newly formed Supreme People's Assembly was also closely watched for changes in other top positions.

N. Korean leader's close aide Choe becomes vice head of defense body

A North Korean top military official seen increasingly close to leader Kim Jong Un became a new vice chairman Wednesday of the National Defense Commission as the country convened the first session of its newly elected parliament. The post at North Korea's most powerful body now held by Vice Marshal Choe Ryong Hae was formerly filled by Kim's once-powerful uncle who was abruptly purged in December.

N. Korean leader reelected as head of country's most powerful body

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- Kim Jong-un was reelected as North Korea's leader Wednesday in the first meeting of the country's new parliament that also rubber-stamped a reshuffle of top positions, including the appointment of a new foreign minister. Kim's reelection as head of the North's most powerful body, the National Defense Commission, was widely expected. But the first session of the North's newly formed Supreme People's Assembly was also closely watched for changes in other top positions.

Kim Jong-Un 're-elected' as North Korean leader

Kim Jong-Un was Wednesday "re-elected" as North Korea's leader, state media said, as parliament met in a session closely watched for power shifts in the regime following the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle. The new parliament also elected members of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), appointing Kim's close confidante e as one of three vice chairmeChoe Ryong-Han of the top military decision-making body. Kim Yong-Nam retained his status as de facto head of state when he was re-elected chairman of parliament's standing committee.

Kim Jong-Un 're-elected' as North Korean leader

Kim Jong-Un was Wednesday "re-elected" as North Korea's leader, state media said, as parliament met in a session closely watched for power shifts in the regime following the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle. The new parliament also elected members of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), appointing Kim's close confidante Choi Ryong-Hae as one of three vice chairmen of the top military decision-making body. Kim Yong-Nam retained his status as de facto head of state when he was re-elected chairman of parliament's standing committee.

N. Korea names former envoy to Switzerland as new foreign minister

SEOUL, April 9 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has named a former ambassador to Switzerland as its new foreign minister, the country's state media reported Wednesday, amid simmering tensions with South Korea and the United States. Ri Su-yong replaced Pak Ui-chun as the top diplomat of the communist country in a reshuffle of key officials announced after the first session of the North's newly elected rubber-stamp parliament. Ri is believed to have served as a guardian of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when Kim studied at an international school in Switzerland in the 1990s.

N. Korean leader re-elected as head of powerful defense body

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was re-elected Wednesday as head of the National Defense Commission as the country convened the first session of its newly elected parliament. The re-election of Kim as first chairman of the commission, the North's most powerful body, is an "expression of absolute support and trust of all service personnel and people" in him, the country's official Korean Central News Agency said.

N. Korean re-elects Pak as premier

North Korea's parliament re-elected Pak Pong Ju as the country's premier Wednesday and approved leader Kim Jong Un to stay on as head of the National Defense Commission. They were re-elected as North Korea convened the first session of its newly elected parliament. The re-election of Kim as first chairman of the commission, the North's most powerful body, is an "expression of absolute support and trust of all service personnel and people" in him, the country's official Korean Central News Agency said.
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