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North Korea Weekly (July 12 - 18, 2010)

ROK National Intelligence Service

[Inside North Korea]

o According to a July 15 report, Kim Jong-il visited 'Daegyedo Island Tideland and Aprokgang River Fisheries Enterprise. Since July 14, entities including Suncheon Cement and the February 8 Jikdong Youth Mine have been holding rallies in connection with conference of party delegates.

[Outside North Korea]

o North Korea’s state-run KCNA said in its commentary dated July 13 that the country would "delve into the reality surrounding the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean naval corvette, to the end." On July 17, Choi Tae-bok, chairman of the Supreme People’s Assembly departed for Geneva, Switzerland in order to attend the third meeting of the World Conference of Speakers of Parliament.

[Inter-Korean Issues]

o The Secretariat of the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a report on July 12 vehemently criticizing South Korean Unification Minister Hyun In-taek for his remark on July 8 that 'mistakes by the North Korean leadership are accountable for the current strain in inter-Korean relations.' The report argued that the comment was "another serious provocation against us (North Korea)." On July 14, the Secretariat’s “Records of Criminal Acts” poured out raw criticism against the minister, labeling him an "anti-unification rebel." It also threatened that he "will keenly pay the bitter price of his treachery against the Korean people."

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