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DPRK Premier Visits Mushroom Production Sites and Pyongyang Metro

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (2nd R) inspects products at a mushroom production site managed by the Korean People's Army (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (2nd R) inspects products at a mushroom production site managed by the Korean People’s Army (Photo: KCNA).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (L) inspects a mushroom production facility operated by the Korean People's Army (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK Premier Pak Pong Ju (L) inspects a mushroom production facility operated by the Korean People’s Army (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 1 August (Thursday) that Premier Pak Pong Ju toured Pyongyang Metro stations and mushroom growing production sites.  Pak visited Pyongyang Metro stations, described by KCNA as “associated with the undying leadership feats of the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu” where was briefed about the stations’ operations and management.  He held a meeting with the Pyongyang Metro’s managers which “took measures to satisfactorily settle the issues arising in operating Pyongyang Metro.”  Pak also toured undisclosed mushroom production facilities constructed and operated by the Korean People’s Army [KPA].  He toured “production processes including preparation of raw materials, sterilizing, cultivation of fungus and mushroom growing” and was briefed about the mushroom factories’ operations and management.  According to KCNA Pak “called upon all units to learn from the experience gained by the People’s Army in putting the mushroom production on a higher scientific and intensive basis” and he said “for the present, the relative units should standardize the design of mushroom production centers, deepen researches, cultivate lots of mushroom spores and send them to the centers.”

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