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DPRK Premier Visits Steel Complexes and War Museum

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim tours the Ch’o’llima Steel Complex in Namp’o, South P’yo’ngan Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 25 October (Thursday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War museum in Pyongyang, the Ch’o’llima Steel Complex and the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex.  Choe first visited construction and renovation work at the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang “where he discussed measures for supplying materials necessary for the project according to the plan in a responsible manner.”

Choe visited the Ch’o’llima Steel Complex between Pyongyang and Namp’o, South P’yo’ngan Province and the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex in Songrim, North Hwanghae Province.  Choe served as Minister of Metal Industry from 1992 to 1998.  KCNA reported that Choe “acquainted himself with the operation of UHP electric arc furnaces, introduction of high-temperature air combustion technology, construction of the sinter production processes, etc in various places of the complexes” and “called on the complexes to accelerate technical updating under a long-term plan, saying that increased steel production at those complexes through their modernization is of great significance in building an economic power.”  After his tours “consultative meetings held there discussed measures to be taken by relevant units to round off technological updating as required by the party’s idea of pushing back the frontiers of latest science and technology and successfully ensure the supply of concentrated ore and coal for boosting production.”

Choe Yong Rim tours the Hwanghae Iron and Steel Complex in Songrim, North Hwangahe Province (Photo: KCNA)

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