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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (April. 17 - April. 23, 2006)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 19), “The ‘Enlarged Plenary Meeting of the DPRK Cabinet’ was held (date unreported), and was attended by Cabinet Premier Pak Bong-ju, cabinet members, and managers of major plants and companies.”

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 22), “Kim Jeong-il, accompanied by KPA generals Lee Myeong-su and Hyeon Cheol-hae, First Vice Department Director of the WKP Central Committee Lee Jae-il, Vice Department Director of the WPK Central Committee Hwang Byeong-seo, and others, inspected KPA Unit 196 stationed in the front-line area, and called upon the troops to demonstrate ever-victorious might in the future.”

Outside North Korea

Quoting the White Paper on the North Korean Committee of Lawyers, the Chosun Central News Agency contended (April 18), “The claims of ownership of Dokdo Island and maneuvers to distort history by Japan’s reactionaries are deceptive talk that is outrageous, brazen and without validity.” It emphasized, “From the perspective of both history and international law, the illegitimacy of these claims is evident.”

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 21), “In a speech made at a meeting of the UN Disarmament Commission (April 11), the DPRK delegate mentioned, ‘The nuclear doctrine of the United States that applies double standards in its nuclear policy according to its interests will result in frustrating international nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation efforts through complete denial of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).”

Inter-Korean Issues

The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service contended (April 17), “The struggle to withdraw US forces from South Korea is the most pressing task facing this era, as the US forces stationed in South Korea are the fundamental obstacle impeding the reunification of the fatherland.”

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 21-22), “The South Korean delegation to take part in the 18th north-south ministerial talks arrived in Pyongyang on April 21. That evening, Cabinet Premier Pak Bong-ju hosted a banquet at the Mansudae Art Theater.” It went on to say, “The 18th North-South ministerial meeting commenced in Pyongyang on April 22, and will continue.”

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