July 3, 2008

North Korean Leader Urges Local Self-Reliance – Xinhua

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

PYONGYANG, July 3 (Xinhua) - Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has urged local governments to improve self sufficiency, the official daily Nodong Sinmun reported.

Local resources and potential should be properly tapped and utilized to settle issues related to people's livelihoods, Kim said Thursday while on an inspection tour of Hwaphyong County in Jagang province.

He underscored the role of county in the construction of the country, the report added.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0813 3 Jul 08.

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