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N.K. leader Kim visits textile plants, chastens workers for not working hard

All Headlines 08:50 July 02, 2018

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has chastened workers for not working hard enough during his recent trip to textile factories in a northwestern border town, its state media reported Monday.

Kim made the on-site inspections of two textile plants located in Sinuiju, accompanied by senior officials of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

On his trip to the Sinuiju Textile Mill built in the late 1950s, Kim said that the factory has contributed to propping up the country's light industry for decades but expressed displeasure that its workers have not lived up to such a "proud tradition."

Kim pointed out that the workers are just complaining about lack of money and materials, not focusing on normalizing and modernizing its facilities. He urged them to step up their productivity, the KCNA said.

When he visited another textile plant in the region, Kim lashed out at workers for failing to repair their buildings, saying they are trying to operate "precious" facilities under conditions that are like a "stable."

This marked the second day in a row that the North Korean media has reported on Kim's on-site inspections.

On Sunday, the KCNA said that Kim had toured a cosmetics factory in Sinuiju, accompanied by his wife, Ri Sol-ju, and other senior officials.

Sinuiju, a border town near China, was designated as a special economic zone by his father, Kim Jong-il, back in 2002.

Kim's recent trips come in line with his stepped-up push for economic cooperation with China. He visited Beijing in June, which also included his tours of major industrial facilities.

kokobj@yna.co.kr
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