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Weekly Report on North Korea No. 992 (April 19 to April 25, 2010)

ROK Ministry of Unification

Internal Affairs

Kim Jong-il’s public activity

North Korean Media reported Kim Jong-il’s public activities for four times from April 19 to April 25 in 2010.

The number of mobile subscribers to hit 120,000

Chosun Shinbo reported the number of mobile subscribers (over 120,000 as of April 2010) and developments related to the mobile phone industry. (Chosun Shinbo on Apr.19)

Celebration of the 78th birthday of the KPA

North Korean media reported that a national meeting and other events were held to celebrate the 78th birthday of the Korean Peoples Army (KPA). (Korean Central Television, Korean Central News Agency, Radio Pyongyang, Rodong Shinmun, Korean Central Broadcasting Station on Apr. 23~25)

North Korea to hold an expanded “cabinet meeting”

North Korea held an expanded “cabinet meeting” to discussed the unity for people’s economic plan for the first quarter of this year and implementation measures for the second quarter. (Democratic Chosun, Korean Central News Agency on Apr. 21)

Inter-Korean Affairs

Announcement to confiscate the assets in the Mt. Geumgang resort

A spokesperson for the Guidance Bureau for Comprehensive Development of Scenic Spots announced the measures to confiscate South Korean government-owned properties and to freeze the South Korean real estate within the Mt. Geumgang resort. (Korean Central News Agency on Apr. 23)

Foreign Affairs

The North to issue a memorandum of the Foreign Ministry

North Korean Foreign Ministry issued a memorandum on April 21. The Ministry insisted its legitimacy of holding nuclear weapons and said the North was “ready to take part in international efforts on non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament on equal footing with other nuclear weapons states.”

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