N. Korean leader gives field guidance at architecture university

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gave on-site guidance at the construction site of the Pyongyang University of Architecture, state media reported Wednesday.

The report by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said Kim emphasized the importance of training highly skilled architects. No exact date for the trip was reported.

The school, which was founded 60 years ago, is undergoing extensive renovation, with the incumbent leader having chosen the present name.

The KCNA said the leader also personally gave expert guidance on dozens of designs created by teachers and students and pushed for measures that could make the university's competitiveness on par with the best schools in the world.

Kim, moreover, said the university should be a vanguard for building a "highly civilized socialist country" and a training center for architectural talent.

The leader was accompanied by Prime Minister Pak Pong-ju; Choe Thae-bok, secretary of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party of Korea; and other senior officials from the government and ruling party.

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