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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (Feb. 28 - Mar. 6, 2005)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Feb. 28), “Kim Jeong-il enjoyed the performance by the State Symphony Orchestra (specific date and venue not reported), accompanied by Park Bong Ju, the Prime Minister, and Jeon Byeong-ho, the Secretary of the Worker’s Party of Korea.

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 2), “A rally meeting by the soldiers of the Ministry of the People’s Armed Forces was held on March 2 at the arboretum of the Mt. Geumsu Memorial Palace, for the purpose of implementing the projects directed by Kim Jeong-il including tree planting and environmental protection of the national land.”

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 4), “The Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Conference shall postpone the 3rd Meeting of the 11th Supreme People’s Conference in accordance with a proposal by the delegates. The date of the conference shall be announced later.”

Outside North Korea

In commemoration of the 86th anniversary of the March 1st Independence Movement, the Pyongyang Broadcasting Service charged (Mar. 1), “The US is attempting to blockade the DPRK economically and suppress our military, while Japan is taking advantage of the situation by scheming to invade Korea once again.” It added, “All people of Korea must rise up to realize the goals of the “Three Major Cooperation”, fend off the aggressive challenges of the foreign forces and march forward to realize the accomplishment of self-reliant unification.”

In a memorandum released by the Foreign Ministry, the Central Broadcasting Station expressed the views that “if the US demonstrates trustworthy sincerity and actions and provide the conditions and justification for the six-party talks to be held, the DPRK stands ready to attend the talks at any time.”

Quoting a press conference given by a spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry, the Central Broadcasting Station lashed out at the United States presentation of the “Annual Human Rights Report 2004”, saying, “The bickering over human rights as blabbered by the US every year is an issue not worth discussion and it is an incantation which only a bunch like that of the Bush team can chant.”

Inter-Korean Issues

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 2), “The overseas delegates of the preparatory committee of the North-South Overseas Joint Preparatory Committee for the implementation of the June 15th Joint Declaration arrived in Pyongyang on March 2 to attend the inaugural ceremony.”

In a press conference given by the spokesperson of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, the Central Broadcasting Station stated (Mar. 5), “Japan has recently accelerated its transparent maneuvers to extort Dok-do Island by designating a ‘Day of Dok-do Island’.” It further condemned Japan, saying, “Japan is evoking the raging anger of all people of Joseon.”

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