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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (Mar. 13 - Mar. 19, 2006)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Rodong Shinmun emphasized (Mar. 13), “The workers must make reforms in order for the strong wave of creation and innovation to sweep across the entire nation.” It went on to say, “They must become talented workers of the Seon-gun era that make bold reforms in business by earnestly studying modern science and technology.”

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (Mar. 19), “Kim Jeong-il, accompanied by KPA Chief of General Staff Kim Yeong-chun, inspected the frontline command post of KAP Unit 851 (date and venue unreported), and expressed satisfaction with the fact that the servicemen were guarding the outpost line of the fatherland.”

Outside North Korea

Quoting an interview with a spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chosun Central News Agency blasted (Mar. 13), “The fact that the annual report on human rights published by the US Department of State on March 13 condemned us [the DPRK] as a country with the poorest human rights record and showing no improvement is blatant interference in the internal affairs of the DPRK aimed at isolating and stifling us [the DPRK].”

In a commentary, the Rodong Shinmun propagandized (Mar. 14), “The US imperialists created obstacles to the six-party talks by fabricating the nonexistent counterfeit note issue. The people of South Korea must ignite a struggle against the United States in order to crush the US imperialists as well as the maneuvers of their followers.”

Inter-Korean Issues

The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service contended (Mar. 15), “The June 15 Joint Declaration is the joint declaration of the Korean people for independent reunification that reveals the path toward independent reunification by encompassing the demands and goals of the people for national independence as well as their aspirations and determination to achieve independent reunification.”

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