Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
KJU’s last observed appearance was his field inspection of defense positions in the KPA’s southwestern front
DPRK state media reported on November 17 (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited two Korean People’s Army [KPA] fishery stations. Also in attendance were KPA General Political Department Director and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman VMar Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so] and 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Colonel-General So Hong Chan [So Hong-ch’an].
Jong Un’s first stop was the May 27 Fishery Station. He said that ” upon receiving a report that the fishery station was built on a modern basis and caught several thousand tons of sailfin sandfish in a recent few days, he came to the station before doing anything else, being eager to convey the news of big fish hauls to the people” and the Suryo’ng noted ” with great satisfaction that he feasted his eyes on the picturesque fishery station and dwelling houses on his tour boat and a new fishing village has sprung up to be a spectacular scenery in the east coastal area.” He remarked that “servicepersons successfully built all structures to be impeccable even in the distant future. . .the area has undergone a dramatic change within a year and he would take off his hat to the KPA’s fighting spirit and traits of emptying even a sea and flattening a mountain if it is a decision of the Party.”
Jong Un said that the visual aids in the water showed “how the KPA has implemented the Party policy that one can create a thing out of nothing when one’s mental power is mobilized. This year alone, the KPA has done great things not only on the front of restoring the flood-hit northern area but in other parts of the country and one of the keys to such feats is that it has properly conducted the precisely-targeted, frontline-style Party political work.” He toured the control room, freezers and cannery. He noted that he was “satisfied to see modern sharp-freezing and deep-freezing equipment with storing capacity of several thousand tons installed at the station and all processes, including washing, sorting, supply and auto-weighing of fish, pouring of water, quick freezing and thawing, put on a streamlined and unmanned basis, and specifically a robot smartly transferring frozen fish” and said that “a sure guarantee has been laid to provide service personnel and civilians with fresh fish all the year round while saving manpower and preserving sanitation.”
Kim Jong Un was briefed about fishing on the DPRK’s east coast and saw “with a bright smile” a “scene of loading and unloading fish on the ship and big piles of frozen fish at storages.” Jong Un also toured the assembly hall and residential unit of apartments and “highly appreciated that servicepersons had built them well as intended by the Party.” He then attended a commemorative photo-op with functionaries and employees of the May 27 Fishery Station.
He moved onto the January 8 (his birthday) Fishery Station. He noted “with pride” that he felt “very good and relieved of his fatigue” upon “seeing heaps of stored fish enough to be supplied until September of next year. The establishment of the station has borne fruit.” Jong Un “gave a high appreciation of the station’s officials and fishermen who fulfilled their fishing plan for this year ahead of schedule” and he noted that “they have made much effort to fishing with his and their mind to supply fish to children and old persons at orphanages and almshouses every day.” He attended a commemorative photo-up with managers and employees of the fishery station and issued “important tasks facing the fishing sector.”