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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (May. 8 - May. 14, 2006)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (May 8-11), “Kim Jeong-il visited pig farm No. 110 recently built by KPA servicepersons, the state guest house to meet former King Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia who is visiting North Korea, the newly built Pyongyang Conservatory, as well as a women’s company of KPA Unit 838.”

Outside North Korea

The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service contended (May 8), “It is a well-known fact that we [the DPRK] have built a nuclear arsenal as a means of countering the nuclear threat from the United States.” It went on to say, “If the United States is interested in resolving the nuclear issue, it must set out on the path of cooperation with us [the DPRK] in the nuclear field from a strategic perspective rather than clinging to forcing us to first abandon nuclear weapons.”

The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service emphasized (May 9), “The objective of Japan’s ruling class in paying tribute at the Yasukuni Shrine is to instill the ideology of militarism in the Japanese people, in particular the new generation that is coming of age. In the event Japan embarks on a path of invasion once again by ignoring the changes of the times and continues to pay tribute at the Yasukuni Shrine, it will have no choice but to bear the costly price of its actions.”

Inter-Korean Issues

In an editorial, the Rodong Shinmun contended (May 8), “Even now, in the era of June 15 reunification, the pro-US conservative forces in South Korea, including the Grand National Party (Hannara Party), are instigating a confrontation between North and South Korea and opposing independent reunification.” It further noted, “The establishment of ‘anti-conservative solidarity’ in South Korea is the realistic goal in the interest of diminishing the anguish of the people and bringing independent reunification one step closer.”

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