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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (April. 24 - April. 30, 2006)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (April 25), “Kim Jeong-il, accompanied by Hwang Byeong-seo, Vice Director of the WPK Central Committee, inspected KPA Unit 3240 stationed in the frontline area, and expressed satisfaction with the advanced combat capability of all servicepersons.”

Quoting the Minju Chosun’s May Day editorial, the Chosun Central News Agency emphasized (April 30), “We must brilliantly carry forth the tradition of the entire working class of Korea, which has been devoted to the grand success of the WPK and of our Leader.”

Outside North Korea

The Chosun Central News Agency emphasized (April 24), “The nuclear issue cannot be expected to be resolved without changes in US policy. If the United States truly wants the six-party talks to take place, there is no reason for them not to lift the economic sanctions against North Korea.”

The Rodong Shinmun emphasized (April 27), “Japan’s attempt to rob us of Dokdo Island is a brazen act that can be staged only by those suffused with an ambition to snatch the territory of others, and our [the DPRK’s] people will never tolerate it.”

Inter-Korean Issues

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (April 24), “The 18th inter-Korean ministerial talks concluded on April 24. The two sides engaged in practical discussions aimed at settling fundamental issues in political, military and economic relations, and issued an eight-point joint press release.”

In an editorial, the Rodong Shinmun emphasized (April 29), “The patriotic grand national solidarity movement is a united struggle for the common demands and common benefit of the people.” It went on to say, “It is a movement that can crush the ambitions and resistance of the conservative forces that oppose reunification.”

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