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Tuesday, December 03, 2019, 15:52
Kim attends ceremony marking completion of Samjiyon construction
By Xinhua
Tuesday, December 03, 2019, 15:52 By Xinhua

This photo taken on Dec 2, 2019 and released from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec 3 shows DPRK leader Kim Jong-un (center) attending a ceremony to mark the completion of the construction of the township of Samjiyon county. (PHOTO  / STR / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS)

PYONGYANG - Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the township of Samjiyon county in the northern part of the country marking the completion of the county's construction, official media reported on Tuesday.

The Samjiyon county, where Kim's father Kim Jong-il was born, "has turned into an example of a mountainous modern city under socialism," the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

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After Kim cut the ribbon on Monday, there was a fireworks display and balloons were released into the sky. Following that, there was march-past of the builders of the 216 Division of the army who helped build the Samjiyon county, according to the report.

This photo taken on Dec 2, 2019 and released from DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec 3 shows DPRK leader Kim Jong Un (22nd right) cutting a ribbon to mark the completion of the construction of the township of Samjiyon county. (PHOTO / STR / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS)

Present at the ceremony were Choe Ryong-hae and Pak Pong-ju, both of whom are members of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK). Premier Kim Jae-ryong, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the WPK, also attended the ceremony.

The builders preserved the nationality, modernity and the specific feature of the northern tableland in the formation of the township division and construction and "opened a new phase of practicality, diversity and the formative art," the KCNA reported.

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Thus they built the township of Samjiyon county into "an example of a mountainous modern town, an epitome of modern civilization and created a model of successfully realizing the party's idea of local construction," it added.

KCNA said it could accommodate 4,000 families and has 380 blocks of public and industrial buildings in "hundreds of hectares".

This photo taken on Dec 2, 2019 and released by the DPRK's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Dec 3 shows a view of the township of Samjiyon county after its completion, in the DPRK. PHOTO  / STR / AFP / KCNA VIA KNS

The city is one of the largest economic initiatives Kim has launched as part of his drive for a "self-reliant economy, as Pyongyang calls for Washington to lift economic sanctions in their denuclearization talks.

Kim has attached great importance to the construction of the Samjiyon county by paying several visits to the construction site and giving field guidance over the past two years.

With Reuters inputs


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