North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a recent visit to a prominent military-run fishery station
Fisheries industry seems part of Kim's drive to build economic independence
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 06:20 (GMT + 9)
North Korean state media released on Tuesday a report detailing a recent visit by leader Kim Jong-un to two fisheries, apparently underlining Kim's desire for economic independence.
The visit is not the first time the DPRK leader has called out officials | Photo: KCNA
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim gave field guidance to the August 25 Fishery Station of the Korean People's Army and the newly-built Thongchon Fish Processing Station.
According to KCNA, Kim criticized politburo and military officials for failing to report sluggish progress in the construction of fish processing facilities, while lauding fishers and their families for their hard work.
He also visited the newly-built Thongchon Fish-processing Station | Photo: KCNA
In addition to instilling discipline in his officials, the visit and subsequent dissemination in state media may reflect Kim's desire for economic development.
The on-the-spot guidance at economy-related facilities is a departure from recent military-themed visits by the North Korean leader, who was pictured at an air show and an airborne landing training exercise in the last week.
Kim Jong Un visited the factory as part of a broader tour of the DPRK’s east coast | Photo: KCNA
Kim's fishery visit may also have been affected by the decision from South Korea and the U.S. to postpone a wintertime air exercise to help diplomacy with North Korea.