Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
DPRK state media reported on 7 January (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Aquatic Products Refrigeration Facilities constructed by Korean People’s Army [KPA] Unit #534. Also in attendance were VMar Choe Ryong Hae (Director of the KPA General Political Department), Col. Gen. So Hong Chan (1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces), Col. Gen. Pak Jong Chon, Jo Nam Jin, Hwang Pyong So (Deputy [vice] Director of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] Organization Guidance Department) and Kim Pyong So (Deputy [vice] Director of the KWP Propaganda and Agitation Department). Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun on New Year’s Day.
Kim Jong Un toured the refrigeration areas and was briefed about the construction of the facilities. According to KCNA he “highly praised the unit for building a breakwater and very large modern refrigerating facilities with a wharf in a brief span of time” and said that “the fisheries field of the People’s Army made big fish hauls last year” and “that it should continue to take the lead in fishing in the future, too.” He also “underscored the need to make the flames of the innovation drive in the fisheries field of the People’s Army rage furiously in the fisheries across the country” and said he visited the facilities ” to discuss the possibility of supplying fishes to the baby homes, orphanages, orphans’ primary and secondary schools and old folks’ homes across the country. . . it is a firm resolution and will of the Party to make all children there stoutly grow up free from sorrow over being orphans to become successors to the revolution and backbone of the revolution.”
Kim Jong Un “personally calculated in a memo what quantities of fishes are required yearly to provide 300 grams of fish to each of them a day” and noted “the slogan ‘Let the People’s Army take charge of both national defense and socialist construction!’ is very good.” He “called on the People’s Army to carry out the task of supplying fishes to the baby homes, orphanages, orphans’ primary and secondary schools and old folks’ homes all the year round” and “issued on the spot an order of the supreme commander of the KPA to the KPA to set up a fisheries station which will specialize in supplying fishes to the above-said baby homes, orphanages, schools and homes.” Kim Jong instructed “to finish the construction of the fisheries station before the Day of the Sun (15 April) and start the fish supply from coming autumn” and “expressed expectation and belief that all commanding officers and officials would make big fish hauls this year wherever they work.”