N. Korea designates six more economic development zones: KCNA

SEOUL, July 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korea designated six more economic development zones in areas including Pyongyang, the country's official news wire said Wednesday, as the North strives to boost economic development.

"It was decided in the DPRK to establish economic development zones in some areas of Pyongyang, South Hwanghae Province, Nampho City, South and North Phyongan provinces," the (North) Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in an English-language dispatch, referring to the country by its official name, Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

The capital Pyongyang will host the Unjong technology development zone while an eco-friendly zone, export processing zone, tourism development zone, industrial development zone and agricultural development zone will be set up in the other areas, according to the KCNA report.

"The sovereignty of the DPRK will be exercised in the zones," it said, referring to a decree from the Supreme People's Assembly.

The latest decision is in addition to the country's announcement in November that it will designate 13 economic development zones in areas including the Amnok River.

"North Korea is showing its intention to focus on such economic development zones in order to push for national economic development," Im Eul-chul, a research professor of Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University, said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has repeatedly declared the country's two-track policy of simultaneously pushing for economic development and growing its nuclear arsenal.

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