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N. Korea elevates status of Samjiyon County to Samjiyon City Updated: 2019-12-12 07:20:30 KST

North Korea has added one more city to its administrative districts - the city of Samjiyon.
Pyeongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the North's parliament - the Supreme People's Assembly - decided to change Samjiyon County to Samjiyon City on Wednesday, elevating its status from a county to a city.
It added that the Township in Samjiyon is to disappear after being divided into four areas.
And what the regime has called "Workers' Districts" were changed to "neighborhoods."

"North Korea used to have one directly-administered city and two special cities along with 24 regular cities, but as Samjiyon County was promoted to city status, the North now has 25 regular cities."

Samjiyon City is home to Mount Baekdu - the mountain that Kim Jong-un visits whenever he has to make big political decisions.
The area is regarded as sacred within the North because, according to the regime, it's the birthplace of Kim Jong-un's father Kim Jong-il.
Observers believe Pyeongyang promoted Samjiyon County to a city, because it's been working to develop the county as a tourist area.
Kim Jong-un has visited Samjiyon 9 times since taking power in 2012 his most frequently visited place in terms of economic development.
Last week, the regime celebrated completing the establishment of a new tourist town there, and Kim Jong-un attended to cut the ribbon himself.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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