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DPRK Premier Visits Coal Mines

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (L), tours a coal mine (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (L), tours a coal mine (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK state media reported on 11 June (Tuesday) that DPRK Cabinet Premier Pak Pong Ju visited the To’kso’ng and Ku’mya Youth Coal Mines.  Pak toured a cutting and dressing facilities and was briefed extensively about ore and coal deposits at the mines, the general predicament of the mines and and mining equipment.  He held “consultative meetings” with mines managers and leading officials.  According to KCNA, the meetings “underscored the need for the relevant units to satisfactorily supply raw and other materials and electricity as required by the important duties to be performed by the ore and coal mines in economic construction and improvement of the people’s standard of living” and “took measures for transporting greater quantities of concentrated ore and coal in good time and raising the operation rate of rolling stock by reinforcing the strength of railroads and cutting down the turnround time of freight wagons.”  Pak recalled “that the dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) called for ushering in a new heyday on all fronts for socialist construction by creating the ‘Masikny’ong Speed,'” and Pak “urged the officials of the relevant units to scrupulously organize and command operations and give full play to the mental power of the workers to boost production.”

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