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N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un celebrates completion of Township of Samjiyon County Updated: 2019-12-03 13:35:51 KST

North Korea has finished constructing the township of Samjiyon County and it held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, attended by the regime's leader Kim Jong-un.
The North's state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Tuesday that the Township of Samjiyon County has transformed into "the epitome of a socialist modern city."
Several top North Korean officials joined Kim Jong-un at the ceremony.
Choe Ryong-hae, viewed as the regime's second-in-command, gave a speech, stressing the completion of the township shows the regime's potential for independent development and proves its "self-reliance" capability.
The event was to celebrate the North's completion of the second-stage of Samjiyon County construction process.
Pyeongyang aims to complete the third and final stage next year, when it celebrates the 75th anniversary of the establishment of its ruling party.

Kim's visit to the town in Samjiyon County is his third so far this year.
The North Korean leader has put great emphasis on building the county not only as a means to modernize the North's rural economy but to also to show off the regime's ability to survive despite the weight of crushing international sanctions.
Samjiyon County is also home to Mount Paekdu the mountain that Kim Jong-un visits whenever he has to mull over grand policy changes or make big political and economic decisions.
This latest visit comes as the year-end deadline North Korea has set on nuclear negotiations with the U.S. is drawing near.
Oh Jung-hee, Arirang News.
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