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North Korea Radio Reports Kim Jong Il Visits Kanggye City

July 5, 2008

Text of report by state-run North Korean radio on 3 July

[Carried as first out of ten items in 2100 gmt newscast; Kim Jong Il's last visit to Kanggye City was reported on 26 Jan 2008, as cited in fourth and fifth referent items; Kim Jong Il's last observed appearance was his field guidance in Hwap'yo'ng County, as cited in second and third referent items]

The great leader of our party and our people Comrade Kim Jong Il – who is general secretary of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP] and chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission [NDC] – gave on- the-spot guidance to various units in Kanggye City.

He was accompanied by Comrade Pak To-chun [Pak To Joon], chief secretary of the KWP Committee of Chagang Province; Comrade Kim Ki- nam [Kim Ki Nam], secretary of the KWP Central Committee; and Comrade Pak Nam-gi [Pak Nam Gi], department director of the KWP Central Committee.

The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il was met on the spot by comrade Choe Ki-ryong [Choe Ki Ryong], chairman of the People’s Committee of Chagang Province; Comrade Ri Tu’k-nam [Ri Tuk Nam], chief secretary of the KWP Committee of Kanggye City; Comrade Pak Phil-chu’ng, chairman of the People’s Committee of Kanggye City; and senior functionaries of factories and enterprises.

Enormously honoured and happy to receive the respected and beloved general at their work sites once again, citizens of Kanggye City were overflowing with boundless emotion and joy.

At present, a fiery wind of a new, great upsurge is fiercely sweeping Kanggye City by the devoted struggle of the party members and working people of Kanggye City who are vigorously waging a struggle aimed at greeting the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Republic with lofty political zeal and brilliant accomplishments in labour.

The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il looked around the Kanggye Post Office, which is a historic site of the revolution.

The Kanggye Post Office – a historic site of the revolution – is a deeply meaningful place where the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung [Kim Il-so'ng] sent a telegram to his parents in Badaogou on his safe arrival in Kanggye, as he was walking the 10 thousand-ri journey for learning from Badaogou to Mangyo’ngdae on 20 March 1923 when he was only 12 years old.

While listening to the lecturer’s explanations, Comrade Kim Jong Il looked around the historic buildings and historic relics that were preserved in their original state. Expressing his great satisfaction over the fact that employees of the historic relics management station are adequately conserving and managing the precious historic relics – which are the permanent treasures of our revolution – and effectively conducting the educational work through the relics, Comrade Kim Jong Il appreciated the efforts exerted by them.

Comrade Kim Jong Il expressed his expectations and conviction that the employees of the historic, revolutionary site management station will further intensify the educational work through the historic site and will thereby successfully accomplish the honourable mission to more thoroughly equip our army and people with the revolutionary ideology of the leader [suryo'ngnim].

The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il gave on-the-spot guidance to the Chagang Provincial Institute of Forest Science and an experimental nursery of the Chagang Provincial Industrial Forest Office.

By upholding the words that the respected and beloved general gave during his on-the-spot guidance on organizing arboretums and properly carrying out the work of developing economic forests in Kanggye City, the party members and working people of the Chagang Provincial Institute of Forest Science and the experimental nursery of the Chagang Provincial Industrial Forest Office are greatly contributing to the development of forests in the province by vigorously pushing ahead with the development of arboretums and forest science research.

Looking around the outside and inside of the institute and the nursery, including the arboretum, the tissue culture room, and the experimental nursery, Comrade Kim Jong Il acquainted himself in detail with the status of the scientific research and the cultivation of saplings. Comrade Kim Jong Il expressed his great satisfaction over the fact that scientists, technicians, and workers, with a single heart to complete the cause of the construction of a powerful state at an early date, have excellently built the modern scientific research base and the experimental nursery in a short span of time.

Saying that plenty of trees of good species – which are suitable for the climatic and soil conditions of Chagang Province – have been cultivated thanks to the scientists, technicians, and workers of the institute and the nursery, who have resolved scientific and technological problems on their own by devoting all of [their] wisdom and passion, Comrade Kim Jong Il highly assessed the accomplishment of those who have done a great thing for a wealthy and powerful state and for its development.

Saying that the afforestation work is very important in increasing the forest resources of the country and in making the land of the country beautiful, Comrade Kim Jong Il set forth the tasks to be accomplished by the institute and the nursery. Saying that the development of forests is very important in Chagang Province, which is a mountainous region, Comrade Kim Jong Il added that mountains should be comprehensively and effectively exploited, and thereby the issue of the forest products necessary for production and construction should be resolved with locally available forest resources.

Comrade Kim Jong Il stressed that a long-range afforestation plan should be correctly established according to soil and realistic conditions, and the production of saplings should be kept up, if the afforestation work is to be properly carried out. Comrade Kim Jong Il noted that, for the adequate resolution of the issue of saplings, the institute and the experimental nursery should research and develop more good tree species that grow fast and yield high- quality timber, and a species selection and cultivation method selection system should be established to propagate the cultivated trees of good species in a short period of time.

Saying that a great deal of attention should be paid to the development of forestry science to develop forests in a forward- looking manner, Comrade Kim Jong Il noted that the levels of the science, technology, and the function of scientists, technicians, and workers should be constantly increased, and that the work aimed at introducing advanced technology should be actively carried out.

Comrade Kim Jong Il said that the afforestation work should be extensively carried out as a mass campaign, and thereby all the mountains should be made dense forests and turned into the mountains of wealth and mountains of treasures from which everything – things to eat and things to wear – is obtained.

The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il gave on-the-spot guidance to the Kanggye Foodstuff Factory.

By upholding the great general’s words on modernizing foodstuff factories and on thereby providing the people with more good- quality foodstuffs and by highly displaying the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance and fortitude, Kanggye City has successfully completed the technical reconstruction project on its own and has now stabilized production at a high level. The factory whose sectors that produce soy milk and all other sorts of foodstuffs have been supplemented and perfected and all of whose production processes have been equipped with the newest facilities is a modern general foodstuff base.

After being briefed on the history of the development of the factory at the factory’s history introduction room, Comrade Kim Jong Il looked around the production processes and acquainted himself in detail with the state of technology and equipment and the status of production. Seeing all sorts of the delicious and nutritious foodstuffs that were pouring down, Comrade Kim Jong Il expressed his great satisfaction over the fact that the working class of the factory, by holding high the slogan – “We serve the people!” – is achieving a remarkable development in production by devoting all their heart and soul and energy.

Saying that the functionaries and working class of Kanggye City, after modernizing the basic foodstuff factory, have built a proud and outstanding foodstuff factory all of whose production processes meet scientific and technological needs, Comrade Kim Jong Il highly assessed the feat that they had performed. While tasting the foodstuffs produced for children in person, Comrade Kim Jong Il was extremely pleased about the fact that the high-quality foodstuffs – which sufficiently contain the nutrients necessary for the growth and development of children – are mass produced.

Saying that our lovely children are the future of the fatherland and the successors of the revolution and thus, how they are reared is a very important task linked to the rise and fall of the country and the future of the revolution, Comrade Kim Jong Il added that, in the future, too, children should be supplied with the best things.

Saying that the people’s dietary life can be rapidly improved, if technical reconstruction is carried out efficiently, if measures are thoroughly worked out for the supply of materials, and if profitable operation is ensured as at the Kanggye Foodstuff Factory, Comrade Kim Jong Il stressed that all the foodstuff factories should follow the example set by the Kanggye Foodstuff Factory.

Saying that the Kanggye Foodstuff Factory, as a model factory, should actively contribute to the citizens’ living by even more appropriately maintaining itself and by normalizing production at a high level, Comrade Kim Jong Il set forth the tasks to be accomplished by the factory.

The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il gave on-the-spot guidance to the Kanggye U’nha Clothing Factory.

Going around the work sites where the fiery wind of production was powerfully blowing, Comrade Kim Jong Il expressed his great satisfaction over the fact that the working class of the factory is greatly contributing to the people’s living by abundantly producing the good-quality clothes that suit the tastes of our people, and that it has completely changed the look of the factory only in a few years.

Saying that the functionaries and working class of the factory are attaining the production plan of the factory more than planned even in the difficult situation by waging a splendid struggle to increase production with fervent enthusiasm for building a wealthy, powerful, and prosperous socialist fatherland at an early date, Comrade Kim Jong Il highly assessed their fighting spirit and revolutionary way of doing things with which they are resolutely breaking through all the tribulations and dashing along the single- road of continued innovation.

Saying that the issue of clothing is one of the important tasks for the resolution of the issue of food, clothing, and shelter, Comrade Kim Jong Il expressed his expectation and conviction that the working class of the factory would more fiercely raise the flame of light industrial revolution and achieve a great turnabout in the production of people’s consumer goods.

The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il gave on-the-spot guidance to the Kanggye Chicken Giblets Soup Restaurant located on the scenic riverside of Changja River.

Kanggye City is giving a lot of help in improving the citizens’ dietary life by more appropriately organizing the chicken giblets soup restaurant and by increasing its capacity, as the chicken farm increases production.

Looking around the outside and inside of the restaurant that has been transformed magnificently and colourfully, Comrade Kim Jong Il took a look at the various cuisines prepared with chicken giblets and specifically inquired into the status of operation. Expressing his great satisfaction over the fact that the functionaries of Kanggye City and the employees of the restaurant not only adequately provided the operational facilities of the restaurant by displaying the spirit of devoted service for the people but also are serving the working class and citizens with the cuisines that are uniquely and qualitatively prepared with chicken giblets, Comrade Kim Jong Il praised the efforts they had made.

Comrade Kim Jong Il was pleased to hear that people enjoy the cuisines prepared with chicken giblets and said that chicken giblets should be collected completely without any waste and should be effectively used for the people’s dietary life.

Saying that an epochal change has been effected in the citizens’ dietary life, as the chicken farm, the duck farm, the goat farm, and other livestock farming bases built in Kanggye City produce meats, eggs, and milk products in quantities, Comrade Kim Jong Il congratulated the people of Chagang Province on their happy lives that are becoming more affluent every day.

Then, Comrade Kim Jong Il went up to the balcony of the restaurant and commanded a bird’s-eye view of Kanggye City that has emerged as a city of paradise on the edges of the Changja and Pukch’o'n Rivers that were brimming with the crystal-clear water.

Seeing the clean streets tidily built on the sides of the rivers, the numerous creations of the military-first era, and the cheerful mien of the citizens dynamically walking to their work sites with the honour and pride for the victory that they have won in the war of defending socialism, Comrade Kim Jong Il was unable to suppress his overwhelming emotions and thought back on the unforgettable days of the Arduous March, the forced march.

Saying that, during those extremely difficult days when the fatherland was experiencing the severest trials due to the imperialists’ isolating and crushing manoeuvres, the people of Chagang Province transformed all the cities and villages in the province into paradises of happiness on their own by holding the red flag of the revolution even higher and by waging a do-or-die battle with tonnes of courage, Comrade Kim Jong Il added that Chagang Province – which has proved the correctness of our ideology, our system, and our cause with practice – is a beacon of hope that vigorously rouses our people to the brilliant future.

Saying that the people of Chagang Province – who are the creators of the Kanggye spirit and the brave pioneers of the new era – are continuing to perform miracles and feats every day, surprising the peoples of the world, with the same spirit and mettle as they displayed in the past, Comrade Kim Jong Il added that this is the proud demonstration of the unlimited spiritual might our people that are firmly united around the party.

Comrade Kim Jong Il expressed his expectation and conviction that the functionaries, party members, and working people of Kanggye City and Chagang Province would even more highly display the Kanggye spirit and continue to excellently play their role as forerunners in the all-out offensive carried out for the construction of a powerful state.

Being unable to hold back the tears of surging emotions, with feelings of fervent gratitude towards the fatherly general who has unfolded a history of great change and led them to the march to a paradise by crossing the rugged mountain ridges of Chagang Province over and over, all of the party members and working people of Chagang Province renewed their blazing pledge to brilliantly accomplish the militant tasks assigned by the general and thereby to enter the gate of a powerful state ahead of others.

The on-the-spot guidance of the great leader of our party and our people Comrade Kim Jong Il – which he gave again to Chagang Province day and night – is a long march of great devotion that he made for the prosperity of the country and the happiness of the people and thus will give conviction in sure victory and boundless courage to our army and people that are surging forward, seeing the hill of a powerful state that is within calling distance.

Originally published by Central Broadcasting Station, Pyongyang, in Korean 2100 3 Jul 08.

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