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Members of the Central Leadership Visit Changjon Street Apartments

KWP Department Director Pak Pong Ju (L) and Supreme People’s Assembly President Kim Yong Nam (2nd L) talk with a family at the Changjon Street Apartment Complex on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

KWP Secretary and Director of Propaganda and Agitation Kim Ki Nam talks with a family residing in one of the recently completed apartments on Changjon Street in Pyongyang on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

DPRK state media reported on 6 July (Friday) that members of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Political Bureau and other members of the central leadership visited the residents of the Ch’angjon Street apartment complex in central Pyongyang.  According to KCNA, the members of the central leadership “officially congratulated the residents on moving to new modern flats. . .they learnt in detail about their families and their living conditions and heard about their feelings after moving to flats.”  Visiting members of the leadership included Kim Yong Nam, Choe Yong Rim, VMar Choe Yong Hae, VMar Ri Yong Ho, VMar Kim Yong Chun, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, Yang Hyong Sop, Choe Tae Bok, Kim Ki Nam, Kim Yang Gon, Mun Kyong Dok and Gen. Ri Myong Su.

National Defense Commission Vice Chairman,KWP Political Bureau Member and Director of the KWP Civil Defense Department, VMAR Kim Yong Chun, talks with a family living in an apartment on Changjon Street in central Pyongyang on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

VMar Ri Yong Ho (2nd R), chief of the KPA General Staff and KWP Political Bureau Presidium Member, and Gen. Pak Jae Gyong (R), director of the KPA General Propaganda Department, meet a family residing in the Changjon Street apartment complex on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

KCNA reports:

Among those families were the family of Hong Sun Hui in Taedongmun-dong No. 6 visited by the dear respected Kim Jong Un, the family of Kim Kwang Chol, worker of Kim Jong Thae Electric Locomotive Complex, in Jongro-dong No. 2, the family of Ri Jun Yong, teacher at Kim Il Sung University, in Jongro-dong No. 3, and the family of Ri Hak Chol, worker of the Horticultural Station of Central District, in Kyongsang-dong No. 9.

They cordially received the visitors.

The senior officials congratulated the residents on their moving to new modern flats.

They learnt in detail about their families and their living conditions and heard about their feelings after moving to flats. They told the families about the warm loving care for the people of leader Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un who provided this happiness.

The residents unanimously extended thanks to Kim Jong Un for bestowing upon them such honor to receive the deep loving care of Kim Jong Il who devoted himself to the people’s happiness.

The officials expressed expectation that the residents would remember the loving care of the party forever, follow Kim Jong Un and devote their patriotic mind to the prosperity of the country.

The senior officials had taken photographs with the residents of the houses and handed household articles to the families as souvenirs.

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim looks around a kitchen while visiting a family at the Changjon Street apartment complex on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

KWP Secretary and Political Bureau Member, Choe Tae Bok, looks around an apartment on Changjon Street in Pyongyang. The resident of the apartment (2nd R) beckons her son (2nd L) who was talking to Choe. (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

VMar Choe Ryong Hae, KWP Political Bureau Presidium Member and director of the KPA General Political Department (bureau) is shown the view outside one family’s apartment on Changjon Street (Photo: KCNA)

KWP Political Bureau Member and Vice President of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium, Yang Hyong Sop, reads a congratulatory message to residents of a Changjon Street apartment on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

VMar Hyon Chol Hae, 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces and director of the KPA General Logistics Department, talks with a Changjon Street resident while visiting the man’s apartment on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

Jon Il Chun (L), deputy director of the KWP Finance and Accounting Department, and VMar Hyon Chol (2nd L) sit on the floor of an apartment during a visit by the central leadership to the Changjon Street apartment complex in Pyongyang on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

Kim Yang Gon(R), KWP Secretary and Department Director, and Gen. Yun Jong Rin (4th L) talking with Changjon Street residents on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

Kim Yang Gon, Alternate (candidate) Member of the KWP Political Bureau and Secretary and Director of the KWP United Front Department, talks with Changjon Street residents in their living room on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

Gen. Ri Myong Su, Minister of People’s Security and member of the National Defense Commission, meets a Changjon Street resident in her flat on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

Mun Kyong Dok, alternate (candidate) member of the Political Bureau, Chief Party Secretary of Pyongyang and Chairman of the Pyongyang City People’s Committee, presents housewarming gifts to residents of Changjon Street apartments on 6 July 2012 (Photo: KCNA/KCTV still)

A DigitalGlobe image taken in April 2012 (R) shows the Ch’angjon Street Apartment Complex. An image taken in July 2007 (L) shows the area prior to construction (Photos: DigitalGlobe)

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