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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (Mar. 21 - Mar. 27, 2005)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

Quoting Pyongyang Sinmun, the Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 25), “The Clinical Medical Research Center of Pyongyang Medical University became the first in our nation [DPRK] to successfully complete a kidney transplant operation.”

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 27), “The Asian preliminary qualifying rounds for World Cup 2006 are being held in several nations and in the match between DPRK and Bahrain, played at the Kim Il Sung Stadium on March 25, Bahrain scored a 2-1 victory.”

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 27), “According to officials of the State Veterinary Emergency Disease Control Commission, avian flu has broken out in two or three poultry farms recently including the Hadang Chicken Farm in Pyongyang. Hundreds of thousands of contaminated chickens have been buried or incinerated and no human being has contracted the disease.”

Outside North Korea

The History Institute of the Academy of Social Sciences made public a memorandum on March 26, which charged, “Japan must discard its anachronistic delusions and at once withdraw its shameful claim to the dominium of Dokdo as well as its bill designating a “Takeshima Day”. (Mar. 27, Central Broadcasting Station)

The Pyongyang Broadcasting service condemned (Mar. 27) the statement made by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice relating to a “reunion of Korean-Americans separated from family members in North Korea”, charging, “The reunion meeting of dispersed family members as rattled on by the US is part of the human rights offensives against us [DPRK] and another maneuver aimed at bringing about the collapse of the North.”

Overseas Visits by High-Ranking North Korean Officials (The Central Broadcasting Station)

(1) Prime Minister Park Bong-ju made an official six-day goodwill visit to China (Mar. 22 – Mar. 27) upon invitation from the Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao

▶ Prime Minister Park held a meeting with Prime Minister Wen Jiabao on March 22, paid a courtesy visit to the President of the People’s Republic of China, Hu Jintao on March 23, and visited
Shanghai on March 24.

(2) Vice Chairman Yang Hyeop-seop of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly attended the inauguration ceremony of President of Namibia, Hifikepunye Pohamba (Mar. 21). Following a courtesy call on former President Sam Nujoma (Mar. 22), Vice Chairman Yang arrived in Zambia on March 24 and paid a courtesy visit on Vice President Lupando Augustine Mwape.

(3) A delegation of the Supreme People’s Assembly, headed by the Chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Choi Tae-bok, left Pyongyang on March 24 to visit Laos and also to attend the 112th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held in the Philippines.

Inter-Korean Issues

Regarding the annual Republic of Korea-US training exercise called “RSOI/FOAL EAGLE”, the Central Broadcasting Station charged (Mar. 21), “It is a war game that practices plans to attack North Korea. Our military and the people are already outfitted to assume battle positions and have taken significant measures to further increase our nuclear arsenal.”

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Mar. 22), “the Tentative Joint Meeting of Chairpersons of the Pan-Korean Alliance for Reunification” was held on March 22 via fax among the organizations of the North, South and overseas, and a resolution was adopted.”

The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service charged (Mar. 26), “When our people become united in one voice to call our people and accomplish joint steps toward reunification, we can turn such vicious US theories as “the outpost of tyranny” as well as “maneuvers to provoke a nuclear war” to burst like a bubble.

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