Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Kim Jong Un’s last observed appearance was his visit to Ryongaksan Spring Water Factory
DPRK state media reported October 7 (Friday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited the Mangyo’ngdae Revolutionary Site Souvenir Factory. Also in attendance were Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Vice Chairman and Director of Economic Affairs O Su Yong [O Su-yo’ng], WPK Light Industry Department Director An Jong Su [An Cho’ng-su], WPK Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won [Cho Yo’ng-wo’n] and WPK Light Industry Department Deputy Director Pak Myong Sun [Pak Myo’ng-son].
He was briefed about the factory and instructed to “turn it into a factory producing not only souvenirs but also various consumer goods by remodeling it as required by the new century and installing modern zipper, melamine resin goods and other production processes.” Jong Un toured an exhibition of the factory’s institutional history which was “founded in December 1979 on the personal initiative of leader Kim Jong Il (Kim Cho’ng-il) and under his meticulous guidance.” He recalled that KJI “highly appreciate the products of the factory during his visit to the venue of Pyongyang City exhibition of light industrial goods in August 1984 and said the “officials and employees of the factory should never forget the trust and loving care shown by the leader.”
Kim Jong Un toured a manufacturing shops in the factory and expressed “great satisfaction over the fact that the factory newly arranged a modern technical process capable of mass-producing plastic and metal zippers needed for bags, footwear and sporting goods and started its operation.” He remarked that “it became possible to provide the children and students of the country with bags made of domestic cloth and zipper as a homegrown bag cloth production process was installed at the Kim Cho’ng-suk Pyongyang Textile Mill and a Korean-style zipper production process arranged at the Mangyo’ngdae Revolutionary Site Souvenir Factory. The factory has an important duty to perform.” Kim Jong Un issued “the tasks” facing the factory and said he “was very pleased to see the emergence of another mass consumer goods producer based on domestic technology and materials.”
He attended a commemorative photo-op with the factory’s managers and employees and expressed his “belief that they would fully discharge their responsibility and duty in the efforts to improve the people’s standard of living.”