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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (May. 22 - May. 28, 2006)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (May 24-27), “Kim Jeong-il, accompanied by leading officials of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the Korean People’s Army, inspected a sub-unit of KPA Unit 194, attended a performance given by art groups of families of servicemen in KAP units 287 and 567 who participated in the contest for art groups of families of KPA servicemen, enjoyed an art performance given by the Russian State Academic People’s Chorus, and inspected KPA Air Force Unit 797.”

Outside North Korea

Quoting a Rodong Shinmun editorial, the Chosun Central News Agency contended (May 24), “With the recent election of a number of non-aligned and developing nations as the supporting nations of the UN Human Rights Council, Western nations including the United States that aimed to intervene in the internal affairs of and exert pressure on the progressive nations in the name of safeguarding human rights have tasted the bitterness of failure in human rights diplomacy.”

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (May 25), “Ceremonies marking Iran-North Korea Friendship Week were held in Tehran from May 14 to May 20. The DPRK ambassador to Iran, staff from the North Korean Embassy, and diplomatic delegates from various nations were invited to the opening ceremony, which was also participated in by leading figures from the political and social sectors of Iran as well as people from diverse segments of society.”

Inter-Korean Issues

The Pyongyang Broadcasting Service contended (May 28), “Of the three patriotic movements for independent reunification, peace, and grand national solidarity, peace becomes our priority task because the guarantee of peace has become the premise for independent reunification and grand national solidarity.” It went on to say, “What is crucial in forcefully staging the movement for peace is launching the struggle for the withdrawal of the US forces occupying South Korea.”

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