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N.K. leader Kim inspects construction sites, farm

All Headlines 07:53 July 10, 2018

SEOUL, July 10 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has inspected construction sites in the country's northern county of Samjiyon, the North's state-run media reported Tuesday.

Kim gave a "field guidance" at the sites, including a township construction project under way in Samjiyon County in Ryanggang Province bordering China, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

"He said that the construction of Samjiyon County should be conducted, divided into the areas of education, dwelling houses, modern streets, industry, sports and cultural education, commercial service and tourism, in accordance with the ratified master plan," the KCNA said.

Kim emphasized that the construction project should not lead to the destruction of forests in the region, calling for efforts to "make a good design of forestation and tree planting," it added.

The KCNA also reported that Kim inspected a farm in Samjiyon. He praised workers and country officials for providing role models for other regions.

It was not reported when Kim's visit to the region took place.

Kim has not been seen publicly for the past week when major inter-Korean contacts and diplomacy with the U.S. were under way.

South and North Korean basketball players held friendly matches in Pyongyang last week, but Kim did not show as he was said to be out of town inspecting sites.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Pyongyang late last week to follow up on the North's pledge to denuclearize. Unlike his previous two trips to the North, Pompeo did not meet leader Kim.

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