North Korean leader inspects housing construction site in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (KCNA-Yonhap)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visited the site of a major real estate project in the country’s capital ahead of its completion, state media reported on Wednesday.

Kim inspected the construction of 10,000 apartments in the Songsin and Songhwa neighborhoods of Pyongyang, which is nearing completion after groundbreaking in March last year, according to Korea’s official Central News Agency. (KCNA).

“He noted with pleasure that the country’s architecture has developed to a higher level through the construction of 10,000 apartments in the first year for the implementation of the capital’s five-year construction plan submitted to the Party Congress” , the KCNA said in an English-language report. “He stressed the need to take active measures to steadily strengthen nationwide construction forces.”

Kim also called for the construction to be completed by the 110th birthday of the late North’s founder and his grandfather Kim Il-sung, the KCNA added. The anniversary falls on April 15, as the North apparently prepares huge celebrations for the National Day.

The KCNA did not mention when Kim visited the construction site, but North Korean state media usually release reports of Kim’s activities a day later.

At the eighth congress of the ruling Workers’ Party last year, North Korea announced its goal of building 50,000 apartments in Pyongyang by 2025, or 10,000 units each year. Kim also attended a groundbreaking ceremony last month for the construction of another 10,000 homes in the capital. (Yonhap)

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