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DPRK Premier Visits Sites in Kangwon Province

Choe Yong Rim visits the Sep'o Tableland project in Kangwo'n Province (Photo: KCNA)

Choe Yong Rim visits the Sep’o Tableland project in Kangwo’n Province (Photo: KCNA)

DPRK state media reported on 16 March (Saturday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Choe Yong Rim visited the Munp’yo’ng Smeltery, the Sep’o Tableland (grasslands) and several cooperative farms in Kangwo’n Province.  Choe visited the Sep’o Tableland, a project of Korean People’s Army [KPA] personnel.  He toured several area of the tableland project “to encourage the service persons and members of shock brigade in their drive for carrying out the great nature-transforming project.”  He held a meeting with managers and employees of the project, a grasslands reclamation project for livestock.  According to KCNA Choe “recalled that the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un unrolled a gigantic plan to reclaim the Sepho tableland for providing better living conditions to the people and is wisely leading this drive with deep loving care” and he “underlined the need for all officials, service persons and members of shock brigade to finish the reclamation project in the spirit of “At one go” and took measures for settling issues arising in the project.”

Choe also visited the Namchang Cooperative Farm, the Pisan Cooperative Farm and the Anbyon Potash Fertilizer Factory.  According to KCNA Choe “called on all farms to increase the production of quality organic compound fertilizer, while boosting the production of livestock products through the introduction of cyclic production system and on the fertilizer factories to radically lift the production for the purpose of attaining the grain production goal this year without fail.”

Choe Yong Rim visits a cooperative farm in Anbyo'n County, Kwangwo'n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

Choe Yong Rim visits a cooperative farm in Anbyo’n County, Kwangwo’n Province (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim (R) talks with light industry workers participating in a national meeting, whilst visiting their Pyongyang accommodations (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim (R) talks with light industry workers participating in a national meeting, whilst visiting their Pyongyang accommodations (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

On 14 March, DPRK state media reported that Choe visited the Pyongyang accommodations of participants in a national meeting of light industry workers.

Choe visit to Kangwo’n Province occurred as South Korean (ROK) media reported that strategic rocket units under Wo’nsan Corps test launched two KN-02 short-range missiles “into the East Sea.”  It was not clear when or where the KN-02 launches took place, however KN-02 testing has occurred or was planned at test sites in and around Anbyo’n County, where Choe was reported to be present.  Given the Sep’o Tableland project labor has been supplied by the KPA, it is likely Choe inspected other KPA activities in the area and observed the KN-02 test launches.  Choe may also have inspected preparations for upcoming large-scale joint military exercises by the KPA, which will reportedly be staged from Kangwo’n Province, along the DPRK’s East Coast.

Overview of areas in Kangwon Province visited by DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim, including the possibility he observed test launches of KN-02 short-range missiles (Photo: Google image)

Overview of areas in Kangwon Province visited by DPRK Premier Choe Yong Rim, including the possibility he observed test launches of KN-02 short-range missiles (Photo: Google image)

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This entry was posted on 03/16/2013 by in 2012-2013 KPA Winter Training Cycle, 2nd Academy of Natural Science, Artillery Corps, Central Committee, Central Military Committee, Choe Yong Rim, Civil Defense Department, Col. Gen. Kim Rak Gyom (SRFC), corps command, corps commanders, critical infrastructure, DPRK Cabinet, DPRK Premier, food production, gsd, gsob, Guard Command, Kim Jong-un, KJI Personal Secretariat, KKH, Korean People's Army (KPA), Korean People's Air Force, Korean People's Air Force [KPAF], Korean People's Army Air Force, Korean People's Army Supreme Command, Korean Workers' Party (KWP), KPA construction battalions, KPA construction brigades, KPA East Command Zone, KPA General Political Bureau, KPA General Political Department, KPA General Staff, KPA I Army Corps, KPA Large Combined Units, KPA Strategic Rocket Force Command, KPA supernumerary organizations, KPA Supreme Command, KPA V Army Corps, land and enviroment, Light Industry Department, local people's committees, Machine Building Industry Department, military security command [msc], Ministry of Extractive Industries, Ministry of Food and Procurement, Ministry of Forestry Management, Ministry of Land and Environmental Protection, Ministry of Light Industry, Ministry of Metal Industry, ministry of people's security, Ministry of the People's Armed Forces (MPAF), MPAF GPB, National Academy of Defense Sciences, National Defense Commission (NDC), Navy Command, NDC Administration Department, NDC Policy Department, North Korean press, Organization and Guidance Department, Party elders, party life, Political Bureau, Provinicial People's Committee, Reconnaissance Bureau, reserve training units, Second Economic Committee, Second Economy Commission, State Academy of Sciences, State Planning Commission (SPC), wo'nsan corps.

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