Weekly Report on North Korea No. 1001 (June 21 to June 27, 2010)
ROK Ministry of Unification
The North calls a top party meeting.
North Korea reported that the Political Bureau of the Workers Party announced on June 23 that it will hold a meeting of core party delegates in early September, 2010 for electing its highest leading body. (Korean Central News Agency on June 26)
The 60th anniversary of the Korean War
North Korea held an anti-U.S. rally in Pyongyang in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War. In the meantime, it has criticized South Korea and the U.S, using various organizations and media. (Korean Central News Agency, Korean Central Television, Rodong Shinmun on June 22~27)
Emphasis on the economic movements for the improvement of the people’s living standard
North Korea emphasized that they need to “beat a drum of economic movements more loudly” to make a drastic change in the improvement of the people’s living standard. (in a commentary of Korean Central Television on June 22)
Rev. Hans Sang-ryeol’s visit to North Korea
North Korea reported the detailed schedule of Rev. Han Sang-ryeol who illegally visited North Korea without approval of the authority. (Central News Agency, Korean Central Television, Korean Central Broadcasting station June 12~23)
KNCA indicts US-South Korea for fabricating Cheonan incident.
North Korea announced the letter of indictment of KNCA and has insisted that the result of the investigation on the Cheonan incident was fabricated. (Korean Central News Agency on June 21)
National Reconciliation Council issues an open questionnaire.
North Korea criticized in an open questionnaire that South Korea has totally negated the June 15 Joint Statement and destroyed inter-Korean relations. (Korean Central News Agency on June 23)
The North’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson holds a press conference.
A spokesperson for the North’ Foreign Ministry said in a KCNA press conference that the U.S, went as far as “imprudently” calling it a “criminal state” related to the World Cup broadcasting. In addition, he insisted that the U.S. is avoiding conversations with the North. (June 21)
North Korea sends a reply to the U.S. for a colonel-level meeting.
The North’s head of the U.S.-North military colonel-level meeting sent a reply to the U.S. which had proposed a colonel-level meeting to explain the result of the investigation on the Cheonan incident. (Korean Central Television on June 27)
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