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Major Weekly Developments in North Korea (July. 31 - August. 6, 2006)

ROK National Intelligence Service

Inside North Korea

The Central Broadcasting Station reported (Aug. 1), “The cooperative farms in Tosan County in North Hwanghae Province are concentrating their efforts in tackling mowing, and are getting results.” It went on to say, “Hanam and Yangsa cooperative farms are at the forefront. The workers at these farms have set a specific schedule for mowing in accordance with the circumstances, and are launching a struggle to mow a greater number of plants during this suitable period.”

The Central Broadcasting Station contended (Aug. 5), “Under the slogan of defending to the last the leadership of the revolution led by Kim Jeong-il, our [the DPRK’s] military and people shall safeguard ‘socialism in our fashion’ to the last and succeed in building a great, powerful and prosperous socialist nation on this soil.”

Outside North Korea

The Central Broadcasting Station blasted (July 31), “The US imperialists are the evil source of war and adversary of peace that trample upon the sovereignty and human rights of nations through high-handedness and war.” It contended, “The reinforcement of the US forces’ operational capacity through the practice of wars of aggression as advocated by the US as well as its elevated preparation for an emergency situation in the Asia-Pacific region is aimed at overpowering competitors and securing supremacy in Asia.”

The Chosun Central News Agency reported (Aug. 3), “Kim Jeong-il sent a letter of sympathy to President Fidel Castro of the Republic of Cuba, in which he ‘expressed deep sympathy and condolences in response to the news that Castro underwent an operation due to sudden illness.’ Kim wished Castro a full recovery so that he could continue to fulfill with excellence the significant task granted to him by the Cuban revolution and the people.”

Inter-Korean Issues

Quoting a Q&A session (Aug. 1) with a spokesperson for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, the Chosun Central News Agency reported, “Arirang 2, launched by South Korea on July 28, is a military satellite with the basic objective of spying on our republic [the DPRK]. The fact that South Korea carried through with the launch of the satellite designed for espionage is a serious provocation that aggravates the regional situation.”

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