Academic journal article North Korean Review

North Korean Newsbriefs

Academic journal article North Korean Review

North Korean Newsbriefs

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November 2010

KCNA Releases Findings on Cheonan Sinking

On Tuesday, November 2, the Korean Central News Agency website published a lengthy statement by the inspection group of the National Defense Commission, the highest state organ in North Korea, presenting its own findings into the March 26 sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, contradicting United States and South Korean allegations that the North torpedoed the vessel. Forty-six sailors out of 104 personnel died in the incident.

WFP Says North Korean Children Suffering

Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), said in Beijing on Thursday 4 that North Korean children are suffering from malnutrition and that the WFP is only 20 percent funded. Sheeran's statement was made after a trip on Tuesday 2 to North Korea, where she toured food factories. Aid has reached only 1.5 million children and women out of 6.2 million people thought to be suffering from hunger. There are some 24 million people in North Korea.

North Korean General Who Met Bill Clinton Dies

Jo Myong-rok, 82, vice marshal of the Korean People's Army and second to Kim Jong-il in the National Defense Commission, died of heart disease on Saturday 6. Jo was the highest-level North Korean to visit Washington D.C. on October 9-12, 2000, during which he met President Bill Clinton for talks. Jo invited Secretary of State Madeleine Albright for her landmark visit to Pyongyang October 23-24, 2000.

Nuclear Program at Yongbyon Facility

Charles Pritchard, former U.S. nuclear envoy, made a trip to North Korea on November 2-6 and told reporters in Washington on Wednesday 17 that North Korea is building a light-water reactor at Yongbyon. American nuclear scientist Siegfried Hecker visited Yongbyon on November 12 and said in a Saturday 20 online report that the North built a uranium enrichment facility apparently for civilian nuclear power.

North Korea Shells Yeongpyeong Island

North Korea and South Korea exchanged artillery fire on Tuesday 23 near the disputed Northern Limit Line. The North fired about 170 shells at Yeongpyeong Island, striking a military base and killing two marines and two civilians. The South responded with 80 shells. Pyongyang insisted that its barrage was a counterattack. Seoul said the incident was unprovoked. The exchange of fire came amid the southern Hoguk military exercises in the area.

December

Chinese State Councilor Holds Talks with Kim Jong-il

On Thursday, December 9, Dai Bingguo, Chinese state councilor on foreign affairs, met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for talks. Dai had arrived the previous day at the invitation of Pyongyang. His visit was made in the context of increasing political tensions on the Korean Peninsula following the sinking of the Cheonan in March and the shelling of Yeongpyeong Island in November. China-North Korea relations were also discussed.

New Mexico Governor Visits North Korea

New Mexico governor Bill Richardson made an unofficial, private visit to North Korea from Thursday 16 to Tuesday 21 at the invitation of North Korean nuclear nego- tiator Kim Kye-gwan. Richardson said his objective was to reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The governor was subsequently reported as saying that he noticed a "better tone" in Pyongyang and that the North was willing to permit reentry of UN nuclear inspectors kicked out in April 2009.

North Korean Art Exhibition in Moscow

The Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art, Moscow, in association with the Mansudae Art Studio, Pyongyang, opened an exhibition of North Korean art on Friday 17. Scheduled to end on January 30, 2011, the exhibition, titled "And Water Flows beneath the Ice," featured Korean ink paintings (Chosonhwa), as well as embroidery, mosaics, and posters. North Korea is making increasing efforts to enter the international art market.

British Film Aired in North Korea

Bend It Like Beckham, the 2002 British comedy-drama directed by Gurinder Chadha and starring Parminder Nagra, was aired on North Korean state television on Sunday 26. …

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