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Weekly Report on North Korea No. 986 (March 8 to March 14, 2010)

ROK Ministry of Unification

Internal Affairs

Kim Jong-il’s public activity
North Korean Media reported Kim Jong-il’s public activities for three times from March 8 to March 14 in 2010.

The first Board of Directors meeting of the “State Development Bank”
The North reported that the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the “State Development Bank” was held at Yanggakdo International Hotel on March 10. (Korean Central News Agency, March 10)

Inter-Korean Affairs

Criticism on the “Key Resolve” exercises
Regarding the annual joint military exercises between the U.S. and Korea, so called, “Key Resolve”, North Korea announced the report of Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army and placed its Peoples’ Army in a combat-ready posture.

Criticism on the “March First Independence Movement Day” remark
Pyongyang denounced the messages about North Korea policy in the President Lee’s “March First Independence Movement Day” speech. In the Meantime, the North insisted that it will hold a grand “joint national event” to mark the 10th anniversary of the “June 15 Joint declaration”

Foreign Affairs

Foreign Department spokesperson’s press conference
Pyongyang persisted that the Key Resolve military exercises impede the denuclearization process, in a Foreign Department spokesperson’s statement (Korean Central News Agency, March 9) and a commentary of Rodong Shinmun. (March 10)

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