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(LEAD) In first reported activity in 13 days, N.K. leader inspects fishery stations

All Headlines 14:45 December 01, 2018

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SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has inspected fishery stations in the country's eastern coastal region in his first reported public activity in 13 days, according to the North's state media Saturday.

Kim visited three fishery stations run by the Korean People's Army (KPA) and carried out "field guidance" to facilities there, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.

The KCNA said Kim first visited the May 27 Fishery Station and was pleased that it caught more than 60,000 tons of fish in a short period of time.

"Seeing the fish blocks filled at the freezing warehouse, he expressed great pleasure, saying they look like a treasure mountain and gold bars and the warehouse is almost filled with fish in a few days of the intensive fishing campaign," the KCNA said in an English-language report.

These photos, released by the North's Korean Central News Agency on Dec. 1, 2018, show North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting fishery stations in the country's eastern coastal region. (Yonhap) (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution).

Kim then inspected the August 25 Fishery Station where he also looked around various places, including the processing shop, freezing warehouse and combined production control room.

"He expressed expectations and belief that the officials and employees of the August 25 Fishery Station would give a steady continuity to the history of big fish hauls in the future, too, as befit the pioneer and model which kindled a new torch in fishing," the KCNA said.

Next up was the January 8 Fishery Station, which provides fish to baby homes, orphanages, primary and middle schools for orphans and elderly people's homes across the country, according to the KCNA.

The latest field guidance was Kim's first reported public activity since his visit to the Taegwan Glass Factory, in North Pyongan Province, on Nov. 18. The KCNA said Kim's latest inspection took place over two consecutive days.

With his visit to the fishery stations, the KCNA reported Kim showed his will to solve the food problem in the country.

"He said that the food problem of the people and the service personnel can be solved satisfactorily when the agricultural production, animal husbandry and fishing are developed as the three main thrusts," the KCNA said.

This photo released by the North's Korean Central News Agency on Dec. 1, 2018, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting fishery stations in the country's eastern coastal region. (Yonhap) (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution).

North Korea's state newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, also reported on Kim's visit to the fishery stations with 49 photos. On the trip, Kim was accompanied by Hwang Pyong-so, first vice department director of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, and Army General So Hong-chan, first vice-minister of the People's Armed Forces, among other officials.

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