Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 9 November (Friday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited grasslands under development in three areas of Kangwo’n Province. According to KCNA “the creation of vast grass field in the counties covering tens of thousands of hectares and the construction of combined processing base for livestock products will bring about an epochal turn in carrying out the party’s policy of improving the standard of people’s living by massively breeding grass-eating domestic animals.” Choe’s first visit was to a vegetable “sideline farm” of a Korean People’s Army [KPA] unit. Choe then toured grasslands in Sep’o County.
After his tour of the grasslands Choe convened a meeting of “senior party, state and army officials.” After a briefing on the grasslands reclamation project, KCNA reported the “meeting discussed the goal of reclaiming grass field in Sep’o, P’yo’nggang and Ich’o’n areas and building stockbreeding base and the issue of providing labor, raw materials and equipment necessary for its reclamation and construction” and “called on all the units to channel efforts into achieving the goal of creating grass field and reclaiming and building stockbreeding base in Sep’o, P’yo’nggang and Ich’o’n areas.” Also discussed were “practical issues including the work for keeping the designing ahead of the project and providing raw materials and equipment” and the “relevant organization of work was made.”
According to KCNA, Choe Yong Rim “called on officials and builders to carry out the behests of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and certainly realize the noble intention of the Marshal to create the socialist fairyland in Sep’o, P’yo’nggang and Ich’o’n areas.”