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North Korea Weekly (January 12 - 18, 2009)

ROK National Intelligence Service

[Inside North Korea]

o In an event held on January 14 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards (set up on January 14, 1959), North Korea commended the efforts of the Guards, saying, "Establishment of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards led to creation of a nationwide public defense system centering on the People’s Armed Forces.”

o On January 15, the North Korean Central Broadcasting Station stressed the importance of settling the food issue, saying "The Party’s supreme principle is to improve the people’s standard of living. The first and foremost task is to resolve the food issue.”

[Outside North Korea]

o On January 13, North Korea released Sawada Yoshiaki, former general manager of Enterprise Co., Ltd. of Japan. He had been detained in North Korea since October 2003 on charges of drug smuggling.

o In a statement issued by a spokesperson for its foreign ministry (dated January 13), North Korea contended, "Our consent to the September 19 joint statement originated from our fundamental position of ‘denuclearization through normalization of diplomatic ties’, not ‘improvement of relations through denuclearization.’

[Inter-Korean Issues]

o On January 17, North Korea unveiled its hard-line position toward South Korea as follows in a statement issued by a spokesperson for the General Staff of the North Korean People’s Armed Forces:

- Firstly, since South Korea has chosen the road to confrontation, North Korea’s revolutionary armed forces will assume an all-out confrontational posture.

- Secondly, North Korea will make strong military responses to crush South Korea’s maneuvers aimed at waging preemptive strikes and taking retaliatory actions.

- Thirdly, North Korea makes it clear that it will preserve the declared “maritime military demarcation line” off the west coast.


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