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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (Mar. 7 - Mar. 13, 2005)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

Kim Jeong-il, accompanied by Prime Minister Park Bong-ju and Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Gi-nam, enjoyed a performance by the State Merited Chorus of the Korean Peoples’ Army (specific date and venue not reported). Following a visit to the Russian Embassy in North Korea (Mar. 8), Kim Jeong-il also sent a telegram to Chinese President Hu Jintao (Mar. 13) congratulating him on being elected Chairman of the Central Military Commission (Mar. 7, Mar. 9, Mar. 14, Central Broadcasting Station).


The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 8), “The Central Report Meeting marking the 95th anniversary of World Women’s Day was held on March 8 at the People’s Palace of Culture, and attended by Vice Chairman of the Supreme People’s Conference Yang Hyeong-seop, Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea Kim Jung-rin, and others.”


The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service stated (Mar. 11), “We [the DPRK] will live, struggle and create in our own fashion, regardless of what the South does."

Outside North Korea

The Central Broadcasting Station alleged (Mar. 7), “The Democracy Promotion Bill, introduced by the U.S. administration in both the Senate and the House on March 3, rationalizes intervention in internal affairs as well as schemes for the overthrow of the governments by mandating punitive measures such as trade embargoes, etc. on undemocratic nations.”


The Central Broadcasting Station protested (Mar. 9), “Reactionary forces in Japan are driving public opinion toward the belief that Dokdo Island is a disputed area and are trying to bring the issue of Dokdo Island to the global stage, while angling for the renowned fishery resources and significant amounts of natural gas layers surrounding Dokdo Island.”


While reporting on Kim Jeong-il’s visit to the Russian Embassy in North Korea, the Central Broadcasting Station broadcast three times (on Mar. 9th) the song titled “Our Friendship Shall Last Forever,” which highlights the friendship between Kim Jeong-il and Russian President Vladimir Putin.


The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 13), “With regard to Japan’s attempt to obtain permanent membership in the U.S. Security Council, North Korean Ambassador to UN Park Gil-yeon sent a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan (Mar. 7), saying, ‘It would contradict the basic mission of the UN and could under no circumstances be tolerated’.”

Inter-Korean Issues

With regard to the South Korean government’s decision to decorate Yeo Un-hyeong (the late independence activist), the Pyongyang Broadcasting Service quoted Chairperson of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, Yeo Won-gu, daughter of Mongyang (Yeo’s pen name), as saying (Mar. 7), “I am adamantly opposed to the awarding of the medal in a situation where U.S. forces are swaggering about in South Korea and where the truth behind the assassination [of Yeo Un-hyeong] has not been uncovered.”


The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service reported (Mar. 10), “The organization of the North-South Overseas Joint Committee at Mt. Geumgang for the fulfillment of the June 15 Joint Declaration is a memorable event in the nation’s history.” It went on to say, “The entire people of the DPRK enthusiastically support the event.”


In a news commentary program, the Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 11), “The descendents of the pro-Japanese traitors in South Korea, including the five traitors who masterminded the conclusion of the Eulsa Treaty (that deprived diplomatic rights of Joseon in 1905), are madly trying to recover the land once owned by their ancestors, which is enraging the public.”




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