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N. Korean leader makes first public appearance of the year

All Headlines 22:09 January 12, 2011

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-il visited the newly built Nampho Glass Bottle Factory in his first public activity this year, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Wednesday.

Kim's latest field guidance marked his first public appearance since attending a New Year's concert on Dec. 31, along with his heir-apparent Kim Jong-un, in Pyongyang.

"He went round the room dedicated to the history of the factory, products showroom, combined production control room and various other places of the factory to learn in detail about its construction and equipment and production there," the KCNA report said, without mentioning whether Jong-un was on hand.

"Watching varieties of bottles being churned out from work sites in an endless stream, he was greatly satisfied to learn that a modern glass bottle factory was successfully built in a brief span of time and started mass production," the report said.


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