Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to KPA Central Tree Nursery #122
DPRK state media reported on May 19 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited and inspected the machine plant managed by Ho Chol Yong. Also in attendance were Ri Man Gon (Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman, Member of the WPK Political Bureau and Member of the WPK Central Military Commission), Jo Yong Won (deputy director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department) and Kim Nung O (Chairman of the North P’yo’ngan WPK Provincial Committee and alternate member of the WPK Political Bureau).Jong Un had “instructed the officials and workers of the plant to produce new type modern machines and equipment during the 70-day campaign in the run-up to the Seventh Congress of the WPK, reposing deep trust in them” and “personally took a step to ensure the serial production of new type world-level modern machine and equipment developed for the first time in the country, frequently learned about the problems arising in doing so and personally settled them one by one. The officials and workers of the plant successfully produced dozens of highly efficient modern Korean-style machine and equipment entirely by their own efforts and supplied them to various units of the national economy.”
Kim Jong Un appreciated “a lot of efforts made by them to carry out their huge production plan in a matter of 70 days” and “highly praised the workers of the plant for presenting an excellent gift to the Seventh Congress of the WPK by fulfilling their pledge made to the WPK without fail.” He noted that “all products under contract including the core parts used for manufacturing machines and equipment were made entirely by our own efforts and with indigenous technology and materials…self-development serves as a rich resource of working such a miracle and nothing is impossible when the self-development-first principle is given full play.” He recalled that the “party has recently guided the work for updating many machine plants as required by the age of knowledge-based economy after making a decision to bring about a leap forward in the nation’s machine-building industry” and said that “this plant is now capable of successfully producing machines and equipment which it can boast to the world and proudly ranked itself among front-rankers of the Mallima movement.”He toured the renovation of a steel cast ship and a science and technology research room. He said that “what is important for modernizing the steel casting shop is to maximize the proportion of local production at the manufacturing and technical process” and called “on the plant to modernize the steel casting shop till the founding anniversary of the WPK this year under the strong backing of the party.” Jong Un “set forth tasks to be fulfilled by the plant, underscoring the need to dynamically push ahead with the modernization of all production processes under a long-range plan while carrying out the project for updating the steel casting shop.”
Kim Jong Un expressed “expectation and belief that the officials and workers of the plant would perform miracles and feats in producing modern highly-efficient machines and equipment as intended by the party, always bearing in mind they have a very important duty to fulfill in the drive for achieving the prosperity of the country.” Jong Un then attended a commemorative photo-op with employees and functionaries of the plant.