Liberty Korea Post has learned that Kim Jong-un of North Korea has made a secret visit to Hyesan, YangGangDo. He is known to have ridden on a train this time. The city of Hyesan has been involved in “city beautification project” including clearing out ice and snow from city streets from December 6 in preparation of Kim’s visit.
However, the citizens of Hyesan did not anticipate Kim’s visit—only that the beautification program was a part of the beautification program associated with the upcoming anniversary date of Kim Jong-il’s death. The “Number 1 Event” by Kim began 9am and ended on 4pm, according to the sources.
Some sources say that Kim had stopped in SamJiYon via his airplane first and then ridden his train from there to Hyesan. The purpose of his trip is not clear, but the Party cadres of YangGangDo have been referring to Kim’s instruction to “make Hyesan city as a model of a border city.”
Also, the sources inform that Kim held a meeting concerning methods to vitalize “YangGangDo Economic Development District” located near SahmJu power plant. The attendees included KWP (Korean Workers Party) Provincial Committee Chair, Vice Chairs, State Security Bureau Chief and Secretary-on-duty, Provincial People’s Committee Chair, Secretary of Youth Coalition, Commander of the 12th Army and Political Officer, Division Commander of Border Patrol 25th Division. He is known to have pointed to the District’s map and said that “the location of the District is not desirable geographically,” and instructed to “relocate the Economic Development District near the Apnok River where it is harder for the people to approach.”
In the meantime, the citizens of Hyesan openly complain about Kim’s visit. They are nervous that “Kim is going to start one of his mega construction projects in Hyesan and make our lives miserable.”
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