Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 24 June (Monday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Jangjagang Machine Tools Plant and attended a concert by the Moranbong Band after which he delivers a speech. He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, Pak Tae Song, Kang Kwan Il, Hwang Pyong So, Hong Yong Chil, Yun Tong Hyon, Pak Jong Chon, Kim Taek Gu and Ryu Yong Sop. Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Kanggye General Tractor Plant.
His first appearance was a visit to the Jangjagang Machine Tools Plant located on the northern outskirts of Kanggye, Changang Province. He first viewed a photograph of his father, late leader Kim Jong Il, and his grandfather, DPRK founder and president Kim Il Sung, then reviewed products of the machine tools plant. He toured some of the plant’s different production sectors. At one section of the plant, he “was very pleased to see the production efficiency, quality of products and manufacturing environment which underwent remarkable improvement despite such complicated conditions as preparations for technology and production and alternation in product composition” and said “with satisfaction that this shop is a model shop in which Kim Jong Il’s idea of pushing back the frontiers of latest science and technology which calls for automating all production processes has been embodied and a precious legacy left by him.” According to KCNA he remarked that “the construction of the automated shop at the plant helps boost production capacity incomparably with it in the past and improve the quality of machines” and added that “it is profitable to let this plant produce in an intensive manner the same types of machines made in different plants. All sectors and units should positively realize automation in the future as required by the age of knowledge-based economy. . . to this end it is necessary for other units to feel the urgency of automation in practice as is the case with this plant and the Jangjagang Machine Tool Plant should be regarded as a standard for realizing automation. It is the consistent policy of the WPK to totally free the workers from manual work.”
After his tour of the Jangjagang Machine Tools Plant, Kim Jong Un posed for commemorative photographs with “officials at the production site of the automated shop” who received the Kim Il Sung Prize. According to KCNA he “gave precious instructions on waging a dynamic drive to update and scientize all production processes on a higher level on the basis of the experience and foundation whereby the plant has automated the machine processing shop” and “took such benevolent step as settling the issue arising in sprucing up the plant.” Kim Jong Un also posed for commemorative photographs with employees, managers and other officials of the plant and expressed “expectation that they would register great achievements in production and construction true to the behests of Kim Jong Il.”
Kim Jong Un later attended a concert by the Moranbong Band in Chagang Province. Ahead of attending the concert he attended a commemorative photograph session with employees of the Kanggye General Tractor Plant. The Moranbong Band’s set included “Song of National Defense,” “To a Decisive Battle,” “For the Younger Generation,” “What is Life?” “Song of Artillerymen” and “At a Go.” According to KCNA, the Moranbong Band “sang high praises of the undying revolutionary feats Marshal Kim Jong Un has performed by leading the drive for building a thriving nation while making ceaseless on-the-spot guidance and the indomitable spirit of the service personnel and people of the DPRK demonstrating the might of the great Paektusan nation, united close around him.”
After the concert, Kim Jong Un delivered a speech. According to KCNA he said “going round different industrial establishments in Kanggye City this time, I could see the workers all out in the drive to devotedly embody the spirit of the 2013 Plenary Meeting of the C.C. [Central Committee] of the Workers’ Party of Korea in hearty response to it” and he “extended thanks to the workers of the Kanggye General Tractor Plant, the Kanggye General Precision Machine Plant and the Jangjagang Machine Tool Plant on behalf of the WPK C.C.” Kim Jong Un said that he “drew great strength and hardened his resolution to more successfully make the revolution in the future together with the reliable workers, while visiting different plants associated with the undying leadership feats of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il” and “noted that he attached great importance to different plants in Kanggye City, calling upon their workers to give steady continuity to the proud tradition in which they have devotedly defended the party and the leader with increased production.”
Kim Jong Un “advanced militant tasks facing the workers in Jagang Province, underlining the need to keep the production going at high rate at plants and dynamically push back the frontiers of latest science and technology and thus put the modernization and scientization of the production processes on a higher level, establish cultured practices in production and life as required by the Military-First (so’ngun) era and steadily push forward the work to improve supply service” and “expressed expectation and belief that the workers in Jagang Province would successfully carry out their honorable tasks, hoping that only glory would be always in store for them.”
Commemorative photographs with employees, managers and officials of Kanggye General Tractor Plant