Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Pyongyang Sports Apparatus Factory
DPRK state media reported on June 4 (Saturday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the construction site of the Ryo’ngaksan Soap Factory and the renovated Mangyo’ngdae Children’s Camp, both in Pyongyang.
Attending his visit to the Ryo’ngaksan Soap Factory’s construction was Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So (Director of the Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department and Member of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Political Bureau Presidium), Choe Ryong Hae (WPK Vice Chairman, Member of the WPK Political Bureau Presidium, Member of the WPK Executive Policy Council and Chairman of the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission), Jo Yong Won (deputy director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department) and Ma Won Chun (Director of the National Defense Commission [NDC] Design Department).
Jong Un was briefed on the soap factory’s construction in front of a map showing the factory’s layout then toured the construction to indicate “tasks and ways for building the soap factory at the best level.” He recalled that “Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il in his life time gave an instruction for building a factory for producing liquid soap” and noted that the factory “will produce shampoo, bath-soap, power soap, etc….directly related to improving the standard of people’s living to which the party attaches importance.” He stressed a “need to perfectly equip the factory with modern facilities, highly automate all the production processes including raw material feeding, mixing, injection, packing and forwarding, establish an integral control system at the top level and sufficiently install there the latest analyzing equipment to strictly verify and guarantee the hygienic safety of products.”
Kim Jong Un issued instructions “to accelerate the technical preparations for mass producing varieties of soap with locally available raw materials and perfumery and work out a plan on the design and packing of products in such a way as to be convenient to the customers” and he named it Ryo’ngaksan Soap Factory remarking that “the party chose the site for the factory at the foot of picture Mt. Ryo’ngak with clean water and air as the production of quality cosmetics requires a clean environment.” Jong Un emphasized that the “party is waiting for the completion of the construction of the factory as it is urgently required by the people.” He expressed his “expectation and belief that the officials of the relevant field and soldier builders would perform new miracles and feats as befitting honorable participants in the 200-day campaign and fighters in the charge for implementing the decision of the Seventh Congress of the WPK and thus successfully build the factory to be proud in the world by October 10, the founding anniversary of the party.”
Kim Jong Un later beat it down the road to the renovated Manyo’ngdae Children’s Camp. In attendance were Choe Ryong Hae, Jo Yong Won and Ma Won Chun. He first visited the historical exhibitions detailing the revolutionary history of the camp, artifacts related to its revolutionary history and the camp’s history. He remarked that “visiting the Mangyo’ng Children’s Camp only, one may clearly realize how warmly President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) loved children and what profound care they showed for them to bring them as pillars of the country who are knowledgeable, virtuous and healthy.” He noted that “sprucing up better all the children’s camps, halls and palaces across the country as required by the new century is an important work to realize the noble intentions of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il who took deep care of the children all their lives” and he underlined “the need to steadily carry out this work to glorify the exploits of the great leaders.”
Jong Un toured various locales around Mangyo’ng Children’s Camp where he “learned in detail about the remodeling of the camp and preparations for operating it.” In the camp’s dorms he said they “were built in such an impeccable manner as to give the best convenience to the campers in their living. He toured a library, game room and a hall and said that “children would like them very much” and he “appreciated the builders for making a lot of efforts to remodel the camp so that they might provide children with excellent conditions.” Jong Un toured dining halls, birthday party halls and an outdoor lakeside restaurant and said “the restaurant was built in such a peculiar style as to suit children’s minds and make them feel as if they were having a meal aboard a boat. ”
He was “pleased with the cooking practice room where children will have a chance to prepare their meals and cook varieties of dishes by themselves.” He looked at a diving tower and enquired about the quality of the swimming pool water and “promised to make sure that waterslide is built to keep good harmony with the environment.” He noted that with the waterslide in place “children might be reluctant to leave the swimming pool.” He also ensured that a “walk-way from the camp-building to the restaurant and outdoor basketball court are roofed so that campers may not feel even a slight inconvenience when it’s raining” and he “promised to send rare animals to the animal shed and diverse apparatuses to the boating-pool liked by children.”
Jong Un said that “he was very pleased to visit the camp” and noted “with great satisfaction that another excellent children’s palace reflecting the party’s noble love for the younger generation and the future has sprung up.” In instructed provincial WPK committees “toe learn from the work-style of the Pyongyang City Party [WPK] Committee which sensitively accepted the party’s policy and is working hard to implement it.” He also called for “a grand inaugural ceremony of the camp to mark the 70th founding anniversary of the Korean Children’s Union so that children’s happy laughter and singing are heading from it.” He also attended a commemorative photo-op with managers, staff, functionaries of the camp along with members of the Kim Il Sung Youth League.