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12:45, 17 July 2018

Kim Jong-un blasts delays in North Korean financial projects

Kim Jong-un blasts delays in North Korean economic projects

Kim Jong-un blasts delays in North Korean financial projects

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has launched an uncommon barrage of criticism at officials more than delays in completing economic projects.

The country’s leaders normally praise officials throughout factory visits.

But this time state media mentioned he was “speechless” a power plant was only 70% comprehensive and “appalled” by hot-spring bathtubs “dirtier than fish tanks”.

Pyongyang has lengthy pushed for economic progress as the secondary aim alongside building nuclear arms.

Mr Kim’s most recent inspection tour took him to four web sites in North Hamgyong province, bordering China.

At Orangchon power station, he complained that only 70% of the facility had been completed, 17 years after building began.

At a hotel in the city of Yombunjin, he noted that six years into the construction project, plastering was still not finished.

Visiting the Onpho vacation resort, he pointed out bathtubs that were “dirty, gloomy and unsanitary”, state-run KCNA news agency reported.

Following going to a bag factory, he stated the provincial party committee was “working in a perfunctory manner”.

Shifting the blame

Laura Bicker, South Korea correspondent

What we appear to be seeing is a leader eager to project the image of an financial reformer each at residence and abroad.

Kim Jong-un made a promise to his people when he took power in 2011. He told them living standards would boost and that he would implement reforms to construct the economy alongside generating his nation a nuclear power.

Now that he’s declared the nuclear programme full, he is trying to show North Koreans that he’s producing good on his economic pledge. He is also shifting any blame for the failure to complete the projects on to nearby party officials, rather than his leadership.

He appears keen for foreign media to see this also. North Korea has been attempting to brush away suggestions that it has no intention to denuclearise. There has been really tiny progress on disarmament considering that Mr Kim met Donald Trump in Singapore.

This newest really colourful and public incident enables Mr Kim to argue that his concentrate is extremely considerably on the economy – not on developing nuclear weapons.

North Korea’s domestic newspaper Rodong Sinmun devoted a complete nine pages to the story.

“Typically such items are not done in the open press which, in the overwhelming majority of cases, maintains the image of the DPRK [North Korea] as a excellent nation,” analyst Fyodor Tertitskiy of NK News told the BBC.

Published at Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:21:18 +0000

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