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Kim Jong Un Visits Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory

Kim Jong Un tours a bottling section at the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory in Pyongyang in a photo which appeared top-center on the front page of the September 30, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Kim Jong Un talks to WPK Light Industry Department Director An Jong Su (center) and DPRK Premier and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju (right) at a bottling section at the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory in Pyongyang in a photo which appeared top-center on the front page of the September 30, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to Taedonggang Syringe Factory
DPRK state media reported on September 30 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory in Pyongyang.  Also in attendance were DPRK Premier and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman Pak Pong Ju [Pak Pong-chu], Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Light Industry Department Director An Jong Su [An Cho’ng-su], WPK Central Committee Department Deputy Directors Jo Yong Won [Cho Yo’ng-wo’n] and Rim Chun Gil [Rim Chun-kil] and Chairman of the Pyongyang WPK City Committee Kim Su Gil [Kim Su-kil].
Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory in Pyongyang (Photo: Google image, NK Economy Watch).

Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory in Pyongyang (Photo: Google image, NK Economy Watch).

Photos show Kim Jong Un touring Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory and view of the factory which appeared on the bottom left of the front page of the September 30, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photos: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

Photos show Kim Jong Un touring Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory and view of the factory which appeared on the bottom left of the front page of the September 30, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photos: KCNA/Rodong Sinmun).

 

Jong Un “highly praised the officials and employees of the factory for supplying the Pyongyang citizens with quality spring water by successfully updating the factory as required by the new century and systematically increasing the production in the spirit of devoted service to the people true to the behest of leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il).  After looking at a monument to KJI’s visit to the factory he toured the rooms detailing the revolutionary and institutional histories of the factory.  He noted that KJI “saw to it that the factory was built” and recalled that “when the leader received the report that the factory was built he personally named it ‘Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory.'”
Photos showing Kim Jong Un's visit to the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory which appeared on the bottom right of the September 30, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photos: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Photos showing Kim Jong Un’s visit to the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory which appeared on the bottom right of the September 30, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photos: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

He toured the control room, manufacturing processes and a storage facility and “learned in detail about the production and hygienic safety of spring water.  Jong Un said he “was pleased to see spring water in various containers coming out in an endless stream from various production processes put on an automated, streamlined and unmanned basis ranging from the supply of containers to washing, feeding, inspection and forwarding after spring water production processes have been supplemented with new equipment and a high-capacity container production process newly installed.”
View of a commemorative photo from Jong Un's visit.  Tagged are: Rim Chun Gil [a] Pak Pong Ju [b] An Jong Su [c], Kim Su Gil [d] and Jo Yong Won [e]

View of a commemorative photo from Jong Un’s visit. Tagged are: Rim Chun Gil [a] Pak Pong Ju [b] An Jong Su [c], Kim Su Gil [d] and Jo Yong Won [e]

Commemorative photograph of Kim Jong Un along with managers and employees of the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory which appeared on the top of the second page of the September 30, 2016 edition of Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Commemorative photograph of Kim Jong Un along with managers and employees of the Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory which appeared on the top of the second page of the September 30, 2016 edition of Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun).

Jong Un issued “tasks to be fulfilled by the factory such as the issue of keeping its production going at a high rate, the issue of taking necessary measures to transport the produced spring water in good time and the issue of meticulously organizing the work for standardizing and diversifying colors and shapes of bottles and took a benevolent measure for doing so.” He said that “there very plenty of natural spring water of good quality in various parts of the country” and “instructed every province, city and county to build spring water factories so that people may benefit from them.”  Jong Un had a commemorative photo session with mangers and employees of the factory and expressed his “belief and conviction that the officials and employees of the factory would creditably fulfill their responsibility and duty, always bearing in mind the intention of the Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] to supply tastier and good quality spring water to the people.”
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