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2008-07-18 06:00:36

Text of report in English by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA Pyongyang, July 17 (KCNA) - Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il], general secretary of the Korean Workers' Party and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission, appreciated a performance given by the State Academy Beryozka Dancing Troupe of Russia Named after N.S. Nadezhdina on a visit to the DPRK. Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il] was greeted at a theatre by Mira Koltsova, head of the dancing troupe, and Alexander Matsegora,...

2008-07-14 06:00:25

Text of report in English by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA Hamhung, July 13 (KCNA) - The State Academy Beryozka Dancing Troupe of Russia Named after N.S. Nadezhdina on a visit to the DPRK gave its premiere at the Hamhung Grand Theatre in South Hamgyong Province on Sunday. The repertoire of the performance which raised its curtain with chorus "Song of General Kim Jong Il [Kim Cho'ng-il]" included colourful numbers representing the Russian people's love for the country and...

2008-07-05 09:00:00

Text of report by state-run North Korean radio on 3 July [Carried as first out of ten items in 2100 gmt newscast; Kim Jong Il's last visit to Kanggye City was reported on 26 Jan 2008, as cited in fourth and fifth referent items; Kim Jong Il's last observed appearance was his field guidance in Hwap'yo'ng County, as cited in second and third referent items] The great leader of our party and our people Comrade Kim Jong Il - who is general secretary of the Korean Workers' Party [KWP] and...

2008-07-03 06:00:39

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) PYONGYANG, July 3 (Xinhua) - Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has urged local governments to improve self sufficiency, the official daily Nodong Sinmun reported. Local resources and potential should be properly tapped and utilized to settle issues related to people's livelihoods, Kim said Thursday while on an inspection tour of Hwaphyong County in Jagang province....

2008-07-01 03:00:24

By Joanne Weintraub, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Jul. 1--Watching the first episode of Brenda Hampton's new family drama makes it clearer than ever why her previous one, the 1996-2007 "7th Heaven," ran for so long on the WB and CW networks. The characters are glib and funny -- Anne (Molly Ringwald) calls her 15-year-old daughter Amy's (Shailene Woodley, "The O.C.") tyrannical high school band director "that Kim Jong-Il wannabe" -- but loving, vulnerable and believably conflicted in their...

2008-06-27 09:00:41

By DEB RIECHMANN By Deb Riechmann The Associated Press WASHINGTON After months of stalling, North Korea offered a glimpse of its secretive nuclear program Thursday and was promptly rewarded by President Bush with an easing of trade sanctions and a move to take the communist state off the U.S. terrorism blacklist. Bush, who once famously branded North Korea a part of his "axis of evil," offered mostly symbolic concessions in exchange for Kim Jong Il's agreement to hand over a...

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2008-06-26 12:00:00

BEIJING -- North Korea handed over a long-overdue disclosure of its nuclear activity Thursday, and President Bush responded by easing some trade sanctions and pledging to take Pyongyang off a terrorism blacklist. The coordinated actions marked a watershed in global efforts to coax reclusive North Korea to dismantle its nuclear weapons in exchange for assistance and recognition. As a light drizzle fell on China's capital, North Korean diplomats entered the Foreign Ministry and delivered...

2008-06-21 09:00:03

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap WASHINGTON, June 20 (Yonhap) - North Korea will soon present a declaration of its nuclear programmes and appear at a fresh round of multilateral talks to end its nuclear ambitions, a State Department spokesman said Friday. Sean McCormack, however, would not give the exact date for the resumption of the six-party talks stalled over the North's failure to present a full and complete declaration of its nuclear programmes and...

2006-09-04 00:02:57

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese policy makers are debating how far their country should prop up or pressure North Korea as fraying economic ties compound political distrust. According to South Korean news reports, China may invite secretive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il for a visit to heal rifts over Pyongyang's July 5 missile tests and Beijing's vote for a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning them. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill visits...

2006-09-02 23:49:56

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing for another missile test, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Sunday, but a government official in Seoul discounted the report. Yonhap also reported China is likely to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to visit this week in an effort to restore their relationship strained after North Korea's missile tests in July. China is the North's main benefactor. Beijing voted in support of a U.N. Security Council resolution...