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Weekly Report on North Korea No. 1004 (July 12 to July 18, 2010)

ROK Ministry of Unification

Internal Affairs

Kim Jong-il’s public activity

North Korean Media reported Kim Jong-il’s public activities for two times from July 12 to July 18 in 2010.

Emphasis on the party’s guiding role

North Korea insisted in a commentary of Rodong Sinmun that the guiding role of the party is important for upcoming meeting of core party delegates in September. (Korean Central Television on July 12)

NK holds an expanded “cabinet meeting”

North Korea held an expanded “cabinet meeting” to discuss the unity for people’s economic plan during the first half of this year and implementation measures for the third quarter. (Korean Central News Agency on July 17)

Emphasis on the increase in production of consumer goods

North Korea propagated in various media about its achievement in production in the light industry for the first half of this year. In addition, it emphasized to focus its ability on production increase of consumer goods. (Chosun Shinbo on July 5)

NK reports news about heavy rains and its safety plans

North Korea reported news about heavy rains across the country from July 16 to 18 and asked people to prepare thorough safety plans. (Korean Central Television on July 17, 18)

Inter-Korean Affairs

NK criticizes Unification Minister and Foreign Minister of the South.

North Korea criticized that the South Korean ministers of Unification Ministry and Foreign Ministry are pursuing confrontational anti-North Korean policies. (Korean Central News Agency, Rodong Sinmun on July 12~14)

NK criticizes the UNSC presidential statement.

North Korea has criticized that the UN Security Council presidential statement (July 8) was the failure of the South Korean diplomacy. (Rodong Sinmun on July 14)

Foreign Affairs

Ongoing process for a colonel-level military meeting.

Working level officials of the North and the U.S. met at Panmunjom to prepare a colonel-level meeing in related with the sinking of the Cheonan. (Korean Central News Agency on July 15)

NK insists the need of continuous dialogs regarding the Cheonan incident.

After UNSC presidential statement was released in regard with the sinking of the Cheonan, North Korea has insisted that negotiations among the North, China, and the U.S. are needed. (Korean Central News Agency on July 13, Chosun Shinbo on July 15)

NK criticizes the delay of OPCON transfer.

North Korea criticized that the U.S. and South Korea decided to delay OPCON transfer because the U.S. wanted to expand its military control over the Asia-pacific area. (Rodong Sinmun on July 15)

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