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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (April. 10 - April. 16, 2006)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 10-16), “Kim Jeong-il, accompanied by KPA Generals Lee Myeong-su and Pak Jae-gyeong, Vice Department Director of the WPK Central Committee Hwang Byeong-seo and others, inspected a subunit of KPA Unit 205, Unit 814 of the KPA Air Force, Unit 406 of the KPA Navy, and a company of KPA Unit 760 (dates and venues unreported).”

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 11), “The fourth session of the 11th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK was held at Mansudae Assembly Hall. The following agenda items were discussed in the session: 1) A review of the accomplishments of the DPRK Cabinet in 2005 and its tasks for 2006; 2) The results of the implementation of the state budget of the DPRK for 2005 and its state budget for 2006; 3) Stepping up the development of science and technology to give strong impetus to the building of a great, prosperous and powerful nation.”

Outside North Korea

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 11), “The 2006-2008 plan for cultural exchange between the governments of the DPRK and China was signed in Pyongyang on April 10.”

Quoting a commentary from the Rodong Shinmun, the Chosun Central News Agency contended (April 13), “Our [the DPRK’s] possession of a nuclear arsenal is strictly for self-defense, which is a mighty shield for safeguarding peace. As long as the United States continues to pursue a policy of invasion of the DPRK, it is our right to increase military deterrence in the interest of self-defense.”

Inter-Korean Issues

The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service propagandized (April 10), “The Ten Principles of Grand National Solidarity set forth by Kim Il-sung is a set of political principles based on patriotism and love for our nation that can bring the national reunification closer by uniting the entire people and reinforcing our self-reliant reunification capacity.”

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