N. Korean leader calls for drive to produce modern machines

SEOUL, June 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un called for "a dynamic drive" to produce modern machines during his visit to a machinery manufacturing plant, the North's state-run news agency said Monday.

"(Kim) gave field guidance to the machine plant managed by Ho Chol-yong. Going round the processing and assembling shops, he learned in detail about the production and modernization of the plant," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The leader also visited the plant, believed to be in North Pyongan Province, in January and on May Day last year.

Kim "called on the relevant units to wage a dynamic drive to provide updated machine parts of the Korean style," the KCNA said, adding that the leader stressed the importance of producing more effective and user-friendly machines and parts.

"He said the plant is of weighty importance in the nation's machine-building industry and the (governing) Workers' Party of Korea attaches great importance to it," the report also quoted Kim as saying.

Kim, accompanied by several top-rank military and party officials, also toured a kindergarten and a health complex belonging to the plant during the visit, according to the report.

The visit is seen as reflecting one of the top priorities the leader has put on the development of the national economy.

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