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Kim Jong Un Visits a Railway Construction Site in Kangwo’n

Kim Jong Un smiles at the end of a recently completed railway bridge in Kangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his attendance and chairing of the 1st expanded meeting of the 7th WPK Central Military Commission, on or around May 18

DPRK state media reported on May 25 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) inspected the Koam Tapch’o’n Railways on the DPRK’s east coast in Kangwo’n Province.  Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Finance and Accounting Department Director Kim Yong Su (Kim Yo’ng-su), Personal Secretariat deputy chief and WPK Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won (Cho Yo’ng-wo’n), Kangwo’n WPK Provincial Committee Chairman Pak Jong Nam (Pak Cho’ng-nam) and Kim Tong Gyu.

(Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

View of the railway bridge’s construction in May 2016

According to KCNA, “years ago, he unrolled a plan for building a large-scale fishing village zone in the areas of Koam, Tapch’o’n and Ch’o’nap’o favorable for developing the fishing industry and set forth the task for building modern Koam-Tapch’o’n Railways as a preceding process.  Builders, scientists and technologists successfully built a railway bridge across the rough sea of Sokjon Bay as a monumental edifice in the era of the Workers’ Party and thus hewed out an unprecedented new ground in the DPRK’s history of railway construction.”

Kim Jong Un is briefed about the bridge construction (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un and senior WPK officials tour the construction. His personal bodyguards from the Main Office of Adjutants are visible in the background (Photo: KCNA).

(Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

Jong Un watched “the railways across the rough sea” and expressed “great satisfaction over them, saying with pleasure it was very wonderful…[like seeing an] art piece.”  The railway construction was “another problem about which the Party had been concerned that has been resolved.”  He noted that the “completion of the railways linking Koam with Songjon Peninsula opened up a broad avenue to rapidly hastening the construction of the Tapch’o’n fishing village zone as planned by the Party and satisfactorily transporting fish caught in the fishing village zone.”  Jong Un “highly praised the builders, scientists and technologists for having successfully carries out a difficult and enormous project with their own efforts.”

Kim Jong Un looks over the construction in the Koam-Tapch’o’n area of Kangwo’n Province from his personal boat (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

He appreciated that “they wonderfully designed the marine railway bridge in Sokjon Bay and carried out the construction qualitatively.”  Jong Un “repeatedly expressed satisfaction over them” and said “the longer I see them, the more pleasant I feel and they look prouder.”  He deemed it “another valuable edifice built on the east coast of the country.”  Kim Jong Un pointed out that “there is no impossibility for the Korean people dynamically advancing by dint of self-reliance and self-development, science and technology and they do what they make up their minds to do.”  He stressed “the need to create and develop everything our own way by relying on our efforts, technology and resources in the future, too.”

Kim Jong Un talks about the construction of the railway and fisheries on Sokjon Bay (Photo: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

(Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Jong Un said that “the completion of Koam-Tapch’o’n Railways is remarkable raising the revolutionary and working zeal of the Korean people dynamically hastening the grand march for economic construction true to the decisions made at the Third Plenary Meeting of the Seventh Central Committee of the WPK” and that “once again made the people being convinced of the powerful Chuch’e-oriented might of our state which making a steady leap forward on the firm basis of the self-supporting economy.”  He gave a “high appraisal of the exploits of the builders and officials who successfully completed the Koam-Tapch’o’n Railways through heroic struggle” and “gave thanks to them in the name of the Central Committee of the WPK.”


This article was written on 25 May 2018, and is filled under "self-development first" slogan, basic party organizations, capital construction, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, Comprehensive Affairs, county/city party organizations, critical infrastructure, DPRK Cabinet, DPRK fishing industries, Economic Complexes, Events Management Section, Executive Policy Bureau, Finance and Accounting, Financial Planning Department, Five Year Economic Plan and Development Strategy (2016), food production, General Affairs, Guard Command, ideological slogans, Jo Yong Won, Kangwo'n Provincial KWP Committee, Kangwo'n Provincial People's Committee, Kim Chong-un inspections, Kim Family, Kim Jong Un Visits, Kim Jong-un, Kim Yong Su (WPK CC DD), KJI Personal Secretariat, Korean People's Internal Security Forces, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA construction battalions, KPA construction brigades, kpif, Local Party Affairs, local people's committees, military security command [msc], Minister of People's Security/KPISF construction units, Ministry of Construction and Building Materials Industry, Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Food and Consumer Goods, Ministry of Food and Procurement, Ministry of Foodstuffs and Daily Necessities, Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Land and Marine Transport, ministry of people's security, Ministry of Railways, Ministry of State Construction Control, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), Notification, Organization and Guidance Department, Pak Jong Nam (Kangwon WPK PC), party life, Political Bureau, primary party committees, Propaganda and Agitation Department, Provincial Party Committees, Provinicial People's Committee, Secretariat, State Affairs Commission, State Planning Commission (SPC), State Security Department, transportation, transportation--railways, water facilities, Workers' and Social Organizations, WPK Economic Affairs Dept.

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