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Kim Jong Un Visits Fishery Station and Factory

Kim Jong Un tours the Ku'msanp'o Fishery Station in South Hwanghae Province in a photo which appeared top-center on the front page of the January 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Kim Jong Un tours the Ku’msanp’o Fishery Station in South Hwanghae Province in a photo which appeared top-center on the front page of the January 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily newspaper Rodong Sinmun (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

KJU’s last observed appearance was his visit to the Ryugyo’ng Kimchi Factory

DPRK state media reported on January 15 (Sunday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) visited Ku’msanp’o Fish Pickling Factory and the Ku’msanp’o Fishery Station.  Also in attendance were Korean People’s Army [KPA] General Political Department Director and State Affairs Commission Vice Chairman VMar Hwang Pyong So [Hwang Pyo’ng-so], 1st Vice Minister of the People’s Armed Forces Colonel-General So Hong Chan [So Hong-ch’an], Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Finance and Accounting Department Director Kim Yong Su [Kim Yo’ng-su], WPK Organization Guidance Department Deputy Director Jo Yong Won [Cho Yo’ng-wo’n] and State Affairs Commission Design Department Director Ma Won Chun [Ma Wo’n-ch’un].

Kim Jong Un tours the Ku'msanp'o Fishery Station in a photo which appeared on top-center on page two (2) of the January 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun.  Tagged in attendance are WPK Central Committee Department Director Kim Yo'ng-su [a] and KPA General Political Department Director VMAR Hwang Pyo'ng-so' [b] (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Kim Jong Un tours the Ku’msanp’o Fishery Station in a photo which appeared on top-center on page two (2) of the January 15, 2016 edition of the WPK daily organ Rodong Sinmun. Tagged in attendance are WPK Central Committee Department Director Kim Yo’ng-su [a] and KPA General Political Department Director VMAR Hwang Pyo’ng-so’ [b] (Photo: Rodong Sinmun/KCNA).

Jong Un’s first stop was to the pickling factory. He toured the wharf, a breakwater structure, production and storage facilities.  He remarked that the factory “located in a good place from a maritime and ecological point of view and free from pollution looks spectacular when watching it from close range and far away…another wonderful scenery appeared in the Ku’msanp’o area as it is in perfect harmony with the picturesque Nu’nggu’m Islet.”  Jong Un issued an instruction to “serve as guidelines for managing and operating the factory.”  He moved on to the fishery station.

Overview of the area where Kim Jong Un's on-site visit took place on January 15, 2016 (Photo: Google image, NGA, 38 North Digital Atlas).

Overview of the area where Kim Jong Un’s on-site visit took place on January 15, 2016 (Photo: Google image, NGA, 38 North Digital Atlas).

Kim Jong Un visited the fishery’s revolutionary history room and the fishermen’s quarters and was briefed about construction and their formal opening.  Whilst looking at the wind and solar power facilities, he was “pleased that the officials, scientists and technicians of the relevant field built the power station with a capacity of hundreds of kilowatts which matches well the scenery around it, thus making it possible to satisfactorily meet the demands of the factory and the fishery station for electricity.”  Jong Un thanked the KPA construction personnel in his capacity as KPA Supreme Commander “for successfully building the factory and the fishery station to which the Party attaches great importance as the icons in the era of the Workers’ Party and thereby doing another good job for the people.”

Kim Jong Un expressed “the expectation and belief that the officials and employees of the relevant field, the factory and the fishery station would creditably perform their duty and thus make a positive contribution to improving the people’s diet.”

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