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Kim Jong Un Tours Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory

Kim Jong Un is briefed about products of the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory on October 28, 2017. Also in attendance, tagged, are his sister Kim Yo Jong (A) and wife Ri Sol Ju (B) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to a shoe factory.
DPRK state media reported that on Sunday October 29, 2017 Kim Jong Un “together with Ri Sol Ju (Ri So’l-chu), gave field guidance to the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory which has turned into a model and standard for the nation’s cosmetics factories.” Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman for Light Industry An Jong Su (An Cho’ng-su), WPK Propaganda and Agitation Department Deputy Director (Personal Secretariat) and KJU’s sister Kim Yo Jong (Kim Yo’-cho’ng), WPK Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won [Cho Yo’ng-wo’n] and Pyongyang WPK City Committee Chairman Kim Su Gil (Kim Su-kil).

Kim Jong Un smiles while inspection a production area of the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory on October 28, 2018. Also in attendance, tagged, are his wife and the DPRK’s first lady Ri Sol Ju (a) and Pyongyang WPK City Committee Chairman Kim Su Gil (b) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

He stopped to look at “the mosaic of the leader Kim Jong Il titled ‘To Provide Our People with Better Cosmetics'” he toured the “newly arranged room for education in the revolutionary history and room dedicated to the history of the factory.” He looked “carefully at each picture of Kim Jong Il giving field guidance to the factory in August 2003, he said that Kim Jong Il would have been very glad to see the finely renovated factory,” and “Every part of the factory is associated with the love for the people by Kim Jong Il who took care to provide them with more highly civilized living conditions.” He called “upon the officials and employees of the factory to produce more quality cosmetics with world competitiveness for the citizens, always cherishing Kim Jong Il’s on-site instructions.”

View of the premises (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun)

He then toured the “integrated production control room and cosmetics, soap and cosmetics container shops, design room, cosmetics institute, cosmetics analytical laboratory, sci-tech room, sample room and other parts of the factory to learn in detail about its renovation, production and research and quality of goods.” He noted “with pleasure the the cosmetics produced by the factory are numerous in variety and good in quality and patterns of their containers and packing boxes are very nice.”
He noted with “pleasure that cosmetics produced by the factory are numerous in variety and good in quality, and patterns of their containers and packing boxes are very nice” and said “it has become possible to have a dream [in which] women who want to be fairer can be realized.  I am very pleased to picture our woman and other people who would be delighted at the world-level cosmetics produced at the factory, which has been put on a modern scientific and industrial basis.”

Kim Jong Un inspects products of the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

“The factory has distinct districts for productions, education and workers’ living and all [of the] buildings are [energy efficient] and everything has undergone a complete change, he noted, saying he felt very good to see the factory wonderfully remodeled to be impeccable even in the distant future.”

Commemorative photograph of Kim Jong Un with managers and employees of the Pyongyang Cosmetics Factory (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un “gave an instruction for the second-stage production process” and said he believed “the officials and employees of the factory would make continued innovation and advance in the work to provide the people with quality cosmetics.” A commemorative photo session ended the visit.

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