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Weekly Report on North Korea No. 987 (March 15 to March 21, 2010)

ROK Ministry of Unification

Internal Affairs

Promotion of a “Remote Medical Service System”
North Korea promoted that it has operated a “remote medical service system” that connects hospitals in Pyongyang and local areas with optical fiber cables since last February. (Chosun Shinb on March 17)

Praise on the achievement of the Vinalon Complex
North Korea praised the achievements of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il, in regard to the production of vinalon at the February 8 Vinalon Complex. (Rodong Sinmun on March 18)

The second session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly
The North announced that Supreme People's Assembly Presidium decided that it will convene the second session of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly in Pyongyang on April 9. (Korean Central News Agency, Korean Central Television on March 20)

Inter-Korean Affairs

Continuous criticisms on the Key Resolve exercises
North Korea continued criticizing that the South’s provocations to wage a war are reaching an alarming level, in related to the ROK - US annual joint military drill, dubbed “Key Resolve.”(Rodong Sinmun, Korean Central News Agency, MinJu Joson on March 15 to 20)

Announcement of the Guidance Bureau for Comprehensive Development of Scenic Spots
North Korea released a detailed report of the Guidance Bureau for Comprehensive Development of Scenic Spots, and criticized the South Korean government for thwarting the resumption of Mt. Geumgang and Gaeseong tours, in order to strengthen the sanctions and confrontational policies against North Korea. (Korean Central News Agency on March 19)

Foreign Affairs

Korean Central News Agency, announcing a memorandum
North Korea insisted in a memorandum of Korean Central News Agency (March 17) and a commentary of Rodong Sinmun (March 15) that the Key resolve exercises are hindering the denuclearization process.

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