Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 13 August (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction of apartment housing for science faculty and researchers of Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) University. He was accompanied by Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Secretary and Supreme People’s Assembly Chairman Choe Tae Bok, Senior Deputy Director of the KWP Propaganda and Agitation Department Ri Jae Il and KWP Department Deputy Directors Pak T’ae Song and Ma Won Chun. Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the 11 May Factory.
Kim Jong Un toured the construction of the two apartment towers (one consisting of 36 stories and the other 44 stories) in Pyongyang. Construction of the apartment buildings is being conducted by Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #267. According to KCNA, he “clarified the issues to be settled in building skyscraping apartment houses” and said “that it is nice and stable to see when welfare service facilities are built on the ground floor on the basis of calculation of the height of skyscraping apartment houses.” He toured one of the apartments and “was very pleased that it is very good to see the entrance between corridor and vestibule built in an arch style and decorated with a pillar and they look peculiar.” He toured the living room, kitchen and dining room and was briefed about furniture. Kim Jong Un “underscored the need to provide TV sets to scientists moving to new flats.” According to KCNA he said that “primary attention should be paid to ensuring the quality in the construction of apartment houses of scientists” and added “that the flats built at the best level should be provided to the scientists so that they may not require any additional job when moving to them.” He also said “that the flats built at the best level should be provided to the scientists so that they may not require any additional job when moving to them,” that “the teachers who have dedicated their lives to bringing up the rising generation and training talents of the country are patriots and there is nothing to spare for them” and that it “is the intention of the party to build more such apartment houses for teachers and researchers in the future.”
Kim Jong Un also said that “it is an important work related to the future of the country to take care of every aspect of the living of teachers and researchers. . .when they are provided with nice apartment houses and good living conditions, they can direct all their efforts to educating younger generation and scientific researches without any inconvenience. When the country preferentially treats the teachers and researchers including scientists and technicians, they can thoroughly implement the party’s idea of attaching importance to science” He said that he anticipated that the apartment towers for KIS University science faculty and researchers would be completed by 10 October, the official anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party. He said that apartments for science faculty and researchers at Kim Ch’aek University of Science and Technology would constructed during 2014 and that apartment housing for researchers and personnel at the State Academy of Sciences in P’yo’ngso’ng, along with a resort would be built on Yo’np’ung Lake** would also be constructed. According to KCNA Kim Jong Un “underscored the need to learn in detail about the conditions of all the universities and provide students with good dormitories” and he “expressed expectation and belief that KPA Unit 267 demonstrating its honor as a heroic unit in construction would put the intention of the party into practice.”
**Yo’np’ung Lake is a reservoir outside between Kaech’o’n and Anju, North P’yo’ngan, that is also the location of the Kim Family’s largest residential compound.