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Summary of domestic news in North Korea this week

All Headlines 16:00 December 07, 2018

SEOUL, Dec. 7 (Yonhap) -- The following is a summary of domestic news in North Korea this week.

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N.K. leader emphasizes 'world-level' quality, designs during trip to shoe factory

SEOUL, Dec. 3 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a shoe factory in what appears to be a move to emphasize the importance of improving people's lives with products that meet their needs, the state-run media reported Monday.

Kim Jong-un made a "field guidance" to the Wonsan Shoes Factory, located on the country's eastern coast, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

He called on workers to ensure the "world-level" quality of the shoes and perfect "automation" in its production process, as well as stressing the need to provide well-designed shoes that people like.

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N. Korean leader expresses condolences for death of senior official

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has expressed deep condolences for the death of a late senior official known for his longtime involvement in military affairs, the North's state media reported Wednesday.

"Supreme leader Kim Jong-un sent a wreath to the bier of Kim Chol-man, a member of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea ... expressing deep condolences over his death," the Korean Central News Agency said in English.

Kim Chol-man, known for his involvement in the North's military supplies sector since the era of national founder Kim Il-sung, died of an illness at the age of 98 on Monday. He also served as deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly, the North's legislative body.

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N. Korean newspaper urges efforts to secure more scientists, engineers

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's official newspaper called Wednesday for the country to secure more talented scientists and engineers for economic development in what appears to be an effort to emphasize self-reliance amid stalled denuclearization talks with the United States.

In a front-page editorial, the Rodong Sinmun stressed that any challenges facing the country could be overcome if it strengthens its scientific and technological capabilities.

"If we strengthen our own science and technology capacity, it would continue to help us improve our self-reliance and tackle any challenging tasks without much trouble," the newspaper said.

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N. Korea develops WiFi service for mobile devices

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has developed a WiFi service that enables mobile devices to access a state-sanctioned intranet network, the North's state media report showed Wednesday.

A separate sim card is required to use the service, named Mirae, and only those websites approved by the North Korean authorities can be accessed.

The service was introduced at a science fair, along with a smartphone called the Arirang 171, also developed by North Korea, according to the Korean Central TV.

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N. Korea holds state funeral for former anti-Japanese fighter, military official

SEOUL, Dec. 6 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has held a state funeral for a former anti-Japanese fighter also long involved in the country's military affairs, Pyongyang's state media reported Thursday.

The funeral was held in Pyongyang on Wednesday for Kim Chol-man, who died of an illness at the age of 98 on Monday, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and the Rodong Sinmun.

Kim had long been involved in the North's military supplies sector since the era of national founder Kim Il-sung. The former deputy to the Supreme People's Assembly is also known for joining the anti-Japanese guerilla forces led by Kim Il-sung.

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KCNA in brief

-- A delegation of the Foreign Ministry of Belarus led by Victor Rybak, head of the Asia, Africa and Latin America Directorate, arrived in Pyongyang on Dec. 1.

-- A delegation of the Socialist Women's Union of Korea (SWUK) led by Chae Chun Hui, vice-chairwoman of its Central Committee, came back home on Dec. 1 after attending meetings of the Women's International Democratic Federation held in Cuba and El Salvador.

-- A delegation of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) headed by Co-Chairman Ries Joseph Roland, mayor of Strasbourg City of France, left Pyongyang on Dec. 1.

-- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a message of greeting to Bounnang Vorachith, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party and president of the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), on Dec. 2.

-- North Korea's Cabinet gave a reception on Dec. 3 in honor of the players who proved successful at the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships 2018.

-- N. Korea's Premier Pak Pong-ju inspected the Pyongyang Thermal Power Complex on Dec. 3.

-- Marcelino Rodriguez Gonzalez, military attache of the Cuban Embassy in Pyongyang, gave a reception Tuesday to mark the 62nd Day of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba.

-- A delegation of the Iran-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group led by Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Dec. 6.

-- A delegation of the Iran-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group led by Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi visited the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun on Dec. 6.

-- Choe Thae-bok, chairman of the Supreme People's Assembly, met with a delegation of the Iran-Korea Parliamentary Friendship Group led by Chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi on Dec. 6.
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