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DPRK Premier Visits Industrial Sites in Hamhu’ng and N. Hamgyo’ng

DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim (3rd L) tours the Hu’ngnam Fertilizer Complex. Also seen in attendance is DPRK Vice Premier and State Planning Commission Chairman Ro Tu Chol (R) (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 20 September (Thursday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited two factories in Hamhu’ng, South Hamgyo’ng Province, and the Kim Ch’aek Iron and Steel Complex in North Hamgyo’ng.  The first stop on Choe’s itinerary was to the Kim Ch’aek Iron and Steel Complex in Ch’o’ngjin, the provincial capital of North Hamgyo’ng Province.  It was Choe’s third reported visit to the complex in 2012.  During his visit he held a meeting with factory managers and employees which “discussed measures to increase the production of iron and steel by directing sustained big efforts to the modernization of the production processes and provide coal and electricity to the enterprise on a priority basis. ”  KCNA also reported that Choe visited the Hu’ngnam Fertilizer Complex and 8 February Vinalon Complex in the Hu’ngnam district of Hamhu’ng, South Hamgyo’ng Province.  After touring the Hu’ngnam Fertilizer Complex, Choe held a meeting with the complex’s managers which KCNA said “referred to the need for officials and workers to boost the production of fertilizers for socialist rural areas.”  Following a tour of the 8 February Vinalon Complex Choe held a similar meeting that KCNA reported “took measures to increase production by improving the management of equipment and technical control at the production processes including the process of vinalon fiber. Measures were also taken for relevant units to supply necessary resources and materials.”  According KCNA Choe remarked said “that enterprises play very important roles in building an economic power and improving the people’s standard of living, calling on the workers to take the lead in the on-going advance for great surge.”

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