Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Ku’msusan Palace of the Sun to mark the death anniversary of Kim Il Sung
DPRK state media reported on July 12 (Tuesday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the P’yo’so’ng Synthetic Leather [pleather] Factory. Also in attendance were Pak Pong Ju (DPRK Premier, Vice Chairman of the DPRK State Affairs Commission [SAC], Member of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Political Bureau Presidium and Member of the WPK Central Military Commission), An Jong Su (director of the WPK Light Industry Department) and Pak Myong Sun (deputy director of the WPK Light Industry Department and Vice Chair of the WPK Central Auditing Commission).
Jong Un’s visit began with his enjoying “the bird’s-eye view of the factory” and remarked that “the factory was remodeled in a splendid and fashionable style. Its appearance only helps one clearly notice the spirit of the officials and employees to devotedly implement without an inch of deflection the instruction given by leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) to modernize it during his visit to the factory in the last period of his life.” Jong Un toured the monument to the “field guidance given by the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu and the room devoted to the education in the revolutionary history and the room dedicated to the history which were newly arranged at the factory.”
As Kim Jong Un looked over the “valuable historic data including photos of President Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il providing field guidance to the factory” he said that “the factory developed into a treasure of the country which made positive contributions to improving the people’s standard of living under the particular care of the great leaders.” Jong Un was briefed “in detail with the production, management and operation of the factory while looking round its different places.” He opined that the “officials and employees have made a lot of successes through vigorous struggle to firmly consolidate the material and technical foundations of the factory which were provided by the President and Kim Jong Il. They are taking good care of modern production equipment associated with the warm loving care of Kim Jong Il like the apple of the eye and successfully doing the work for updating outdated equipment and making a good use of them.
Jong Un praised “the officials and employees of the factory for devoting their creative wisdom to the drive to produce synthetic leather whose quality is as a good as natural leather in physical nature and use such as tensile and bending strength and working hard to make a variety of bags in high demand among people.” He noted that the factory “has an important duty and role to perform” and he issued “tasks which would serve as guidelines for managing and operating the factory.” He said the “factory should put production on a normal footing and sufficiently provide raw materials for the steady increase of production as the factory has turned into a huge one capable of fully satisfying the nation’s needs for synthetic leather” and Jong Un “took a benevolent measure to this end.”
Kim Jong Un expressed his “expectation and belief that would boost the production of quality synthetic leather and thus glorify forever the legendary love for the people shown by Kim Il Sung (Kim Il-so’ng) and Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il)” and then he posed for commemorative photographs with the managers and employees of the P’yo’ngso’ng Synthetic Leather Factory