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Kim Jong Un Visits 11 May Factory, Views Mobile ‘Phone Handset

Kim Jong Un gives instructions on production at the 11 May Factory, after viewing the "Arirang" model handheld 'phone.  Seen in attendance is Ri Jae Il (L), a KWP senior deputy department director and close aide to Kim Jong Un (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un gives instructions on production at the 11 May Factory, after viewing the “Arirang” model handheld ‘phone. Seen in attendance is Ri Jae Il (L), a KWP senior deputy department director and close aide to Kim Jong Un (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un tours the assembly shop at 11 May Factory (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un tours the assembly shop at 11 May Factory (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

DPRK state media reported on 10 August (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) toured the 11 May Factory.  He was accompanied by Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Deputy Department Directors Ri Jae Il (Ri Ch’ae-il) and Kim Pyong Ho (Kim Pyo’ng-ho).  Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearances were visits to the construction sites of the Mirim Riding Club and Munsu Wading Pool.

A view of the "Aririang" model phone handset, produced by the 11 May Factory (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

A view of the “Aririang” model phone handset, produced by the 11 May Factory (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un toured various shops in the factory, including the assembly shop. He was briefed about the mobile ‘phone handset model “Arirang.”  According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un “highly appreciated the creative ingenuity and patriotic enthusiasm with which the officials and employees of the factory laid a solid foundation for mass-producing hand phones by building a new modern hand phone production process” and “praised them for developing an application program in Korean style which provides the best convenience to the users while strictly guaranteeing security.”  After being briefed about the “Arirang” phone’s performance he said “that a hand phone is convenient for its user when that part of the phone is sensitive” and “these hand phones will be very convenient for their users as their camera function has high pixels.”  KCNA reported that production of the “Arirang” ‘phones began “only a few days ago and were in high demand by people.”  Whilst looking at the logo on the ‘phone, Kim Jong Un said “that mass-production of goods with DPRK trademark can instill national pride and self-respect into the Korean people” and “how nice to see hand phones being successfully produced with indigenous technology.”  According to KCNA, Kim Jong Un said that “only when the quality of products is improved while boosting their production, people will like home-made things and they will be in high demand” then issued instructions for the 11 May Factory.

Kim Jong Un previously visited the 11 May Factory in late July 2011 with his father, late DPRK leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).

Kim Jong Un (R) visits the 11 May Factory with his father, late leader Kim Jong Il, in July 2011 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

Kim Jong Un (R) visits the 11 May Factory with his father, late leader Kim Jong Il, in July 2011 (Photo: KCNA-Yonhap).

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One comment on “Kim Jong Un Visits 11 May Factory, Views Mobile ‘Phone Handset

  1. Leon A Davis
    08/11/2013

    Maybe I have this all wrong but it seems to me like engineering shops are working up prototypes and assembly techniques prior to a full production run. Kim Jong Un noted that “a solid foundation” has been laid for mass production of the handset. Just a minor observation on my part, that’s all. In any case, the Arirang cell phone is a major achievement so a tip of the hat to the DPRK.

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