October 31, 2018 11:28
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited a construction site in Samjiyon, Ryanggang Province, North Korean state media reported on Tuesday.
This was his first public appearance in 19 days since his on-site inspection of the newly renovated theater of the Samjiyon Orchestra on Oct. 11.
The North Korean regime has focused on developing Samjiyon, where Mt. Baekdu stands, as a tourist attraction. Massive construction and renovation projects are underway on Kim's orders.
Kim pressed workers to "speed up" progress in order to finish construction by October 2020, in time for the 75th founding anniversary of the Workers Party.
State media carried images of him giving orders, in a flurry of snow, or sitting on a heap of potatoes arm in arm with factory workers -- in an apparent attempt to boost his image as "a friendly leader."
"Kim Jong-un seems to be eager to build up tourist sites in Samjiyon and nearby areas with expectations that international sanctions will be eased," diplomatic circles speculated.
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