Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 11 August (Saturday) that VMar Choe Ryong Hae, director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department (bureau) visited a coal mine and railway station in Joyang (Choyang-nodongjagu [Choyang Workers’ District]), located approximately 8 miles (13 km) northeast of Kaech’o’n, South P’yo’ngan Province. The mines and railway station were “hardest hit by the flood,” according to KCNA. During his inspection he visited various infrastructure sites near the train station. KPA construction personnel were mobilized to reconstruct the train station and other infrastructure sites. According to KCNA, “servicepersons succeeded in completely rehabilitating the Kaechon-Joyang railway area in a short span of time less than three days in the spirit of ‘At one go’, ensuring the operation of the first freight train carrying coal.” KCNA reports:
Choe Ryong Hae, member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea and director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army, inspected the Joyang Coal Mine hit hardest by the recent flood.
In hearty response to the order of Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army Marshal Kim Jong Un, servicepersons succeeded in completely rehabilitating the Kaechon-Joyang railway area in a short span of time less than three days in the spirit of “At one go”, ensuring the operation of the first freight train carrying coal.
They are now hastening the reconstruction of the railway station building, the improvement of waterways, the building of retaining walls and rehabilitation of pits, in the same spirit displayed in the operations to recover from flood damage.
Choe Ryong Hae went round the railway station compound and waterways improvement sites to encourage the servicepersons and people in their drive fully demonstrating the might of great army-people unity.
He stressed the need to bring people’s living in the area of the coal mine to normal under the slogan “Let us help people!” and finally round off the rehabilitation.
He also learned about the progress made in rehabilitating the main bridge and took measures.