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Weekly Report on North Korea No. 925 (January 5 to 11 2009)

ROK Ministry of Unification

Internal Affairs

  • North Korea displayed Kim Jong-il’s well-being and normal control on the state’s operation to both domestic and foreign spectators by releasing reports on his robust activities from the start of the year.
  • Minister Han Seung-jun of Chemical Industry said, “In 2009, we can see some tangible achievements in the chemical industry based on the foundation we had built in 2008.”
  • The DPRK declared that the standing committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly decided to hold the 12 th assembly elections of the Supreme People’s Assembly on March 8 in 2009.
  • Central Broadcasting Station, January 7
  • Chosun Shinbo reported the spring interview with the North Korean Minister of Railways, which said the industry’s achievements in 2008 and project plans for 2009.
  • Chosun Shinbo , January 7

Inter-Korean Affairs

  • North Korea has emphasized respecting and implementing June 15 Joint Declaration and October 4 Summit Declaration, calling them ‘the post and milestone for unification.’
  • Rodong Sinmun , January 5

Foreign Affairs

  • North Korea called and criticized Japan ’s investigation on Chongryun as suppression and urged Japan to turn the direction of its North Korea policy.
  • The DPRK criticized the U.S. for supporting Israel ’s attack on Gaza and asserted that the U.S. ’s anti-terrorism war including the one in Afghanistan had failed.

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