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N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends 2nd groundbreaking ceremony for housing project

All News 10:14 February 13, 2022

SEOUL, Feb. 13 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has attended the second groundbreaking ceremony for 10,000 homes in the capital, calling the project a "long-cherished desire" of the country, Pyongyang's state media reported Sunday.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said North Korea broke ground in the Hwasong area Saturday on the second part of the housing project and Kim delivered a speech at the ceremony.

"The construction of 10,000 flats in the Hwasong area, one of the top priority tasks facing the construction sector this year, is not only the second project for carrying out the long-term goal for housing construction in Pyongyang City, a long-cherished plan of the Party whose implementation started last year, but also the first-stage construction for turning the area into a new modern town," Kim said.

"The construction units deployed in the Hwasong area would dedicate all their wisdom, enthusiasm and high spirit to the sacred construction campaign by taking the lead in the campaign and becoming examples to the builders of other construction sites," he said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony in Pyongyang for 10,000 apartments in the North Korean capital, in this photo released by the North's official Korean Central News Agency on Feb. 13, 2022. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

At the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party meeting last year, North Korea announced its aim of building 50,000 apartments in Pyongyang by 2025, or 10,000 units each year.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the first stage of the project to build 10,000 homes in the eastern Pyongyang was held in March last year, with Kim also attending, and the apartment complex is now reportedly in the final stage.

Among the attendees at Saturday's event were Jo Yong-won, secretary of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party, Kim Tok-hun, premier of the cabinet, Ri Il-hwan and O Su-yong, secretaries of the Party Central Committee, and Pak Hun, vice premier of the Cabinet.

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