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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (Mar. 14 - Mar. 20, 2005)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

In an editorial, the Central Broadcasting Station propagandized (March 14), “The People’s Army of North Korea has the most outstanding ideology, the most superior tactics, and as regards military equipment, it is fully outfitted with weapons both for attack and for defense.”


The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service reported (March 15), “The economic & trade delegation of the government, headed by Deputy Trade Minister Lee Yong-nam, left Pyongyang on March 15 to attend the 1st Conference of North Korea-China Cooperative Commission on Economy, Trade, Science & Technology held in China.”


The Central Broadcasting Station reported (March 17), “The conferment ceremony for the ‘February 16 Award on Science and Technology’ was held on March 16 in Pyongyang, attended by the Secretary of the Worker’s Party of Korea Choi Tae-bok, Vice Prime Minister Noh Doo-cheol, and Chairman of the National Academy of Sciences Byeon Yeong-rip.

Outside North Korea

In a press conference with the Central News Agency, a spokesperson for North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced, “We fully support China’s adoption (Mar. 14) of the Anti-Secession Law.” (March 15, Central Broadcasting Station)


With regard to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s statement that she will not apologize to North Korea for calling it an “outpost of tyranny”, the spokesperson for North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs charged, “It would be utterly unimaginable for us to participate in the talks, after being branded as an ‘outpost of tyranny’.” (March 16, Central Broadcasting Station)


The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service criticized Japan, saying (Mar. 20), “Before Japan angles for permanent membership in the UN Security Council, it must first reconcile the past with Asian nations including our own [DPRK].

Inter-Korean Issues

In a news commentary (titled “Maneuvers to Brazenly Extort Dok-do”), the Central Broadcasting Station criticized (March 17) Japan’s Shimane Prefecture’s approval of a bill designating a “Takeshima Day”, condemning that “it is a severe infringement on the sovereignty of our people, and an ignorant and uncouth maneuver to seize our territory.”


With regard to the annual Republic of Korea-US training exercise named “RSOI/FOAL EAGLE”, the Pyongyang Broadcasting Service claimed (March 19), “In the present situation where the attempt of preemptive strikes by the US imperialists have been distinctly exposed through the practice of war games to invade North Korea, no one can argue about our [DPRK] further increasing the nuclear arsenal.”




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