Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 29 April (Monday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju visited the Sunch’o’n Area Youth Coal Mining Complex. Pak was briefed about coal production at the 8 February Jikdong Youth Coal Mine and learned about the deposit and yield of other coal mines in the area. Pak held a meeting with local officials and managers of the coal mines at which he “underscored the importance of the coal production in stepping up the building of an economic power and carrying out the new strategic line of the Workers’ Party of Korea on simultaneously pushing forward economic construction and the building of nuclear force,” according to KCNA. The meeting also addressed “issues of working out a correct business strategy as required by the socialist economic management in the new century and rationally and scrupulously managing enterprise and manpower” and “underscored the need for the relevant units to work out plans in line with the production capacity of coal mines and put the supply of materials on a par with production as immediate tasks.” Pak Pong Ju also toured others areas of the Sunchon coal mining complex and “discussed matters for combining production with technology. ”
Pak’s predecessor, Choe Yong Rim, last visited the Sunch’o’n coal mining complex and the 8 February Jikdong Youth Coal Mine in January 2013.