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N.K. may launch work-hard drive to carry out leader's orders: Seoul

All News 12:29 January 16, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Monday North Korea may launch another work-hard drive this year to carry out tasks unveiled by leader Kim Jong-un in his New Year message.

Last year, North Korea staged so-called 70-day and 200-day campaigns of loyalty in an apparent bid to give an impression that it had not been affected by tough international sanctions.

A campaign of loyalty is North Korea's effort to mobilize its people to maximize production in a set period of time.

Seoul's unification ministry said it does not rule out the possibility of another massive North Korean work-hard campaign to implement orders handed down by Kim.

"There are no specific signs (for the North to kick off such campaigns)," Jeong Joon-hee, a ministry spokesman, told a regular press briefing. "But we think that there is a possibility that North Korea would launch a "speed battle" to meet tasks outlined in (Kim Jong-un's) New Year's message.

North Korea's Rodong Sinmun, the main newspaper, said Monday that the country's construction of a new developed district in Pyongyang, named "Ryomyong Street," is nearing completion.

The North's leader originally set the deadline for building it at the end of 2016, but massive floods that hit the country's northeastern areas last year drained resources for the construction, causing delays.

The Ministry of Unification said that North Korea's "show-off" project targets the privileged class in Pyongyang, not ordinary North Koreans.

"The completion of the district may become a feat for the North's leader, but we do not think it would help the country as a whole," Jeong said.

Thae Yong-ho, a former North Korean diplomat who defected to Seoul last year, said in December that the deadline for the construction of Ryomyong Street is pushed back to April 15, the 105th anniversary of the late founder Kim Il-sung's birthday.

He told Yonhap News Agency that a set of sanctions put severe strain on Kim Jong-un's policy enforcement including the construction of Ryomyong Street.

North Korea's leader said at his New Year's message that the district "should be completed on the highest level."

Minjok Tongshin, a U.S.-based pro-North Korea website, said that about US$2.8 million is being injected into the project.

Ryomyong Street covers about 900,000 square meters, will house about 4,800 households and includes 28 support facilities for residents.


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