Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, inspected the rehabilitation site in the Komdok area of South Hamgyong Province.
Accompanying the Supreme Leader of the Party, state and armed forces were Pak Jong Chon, Ri Il Hwan, Kim Yong Su, Jo Yong Won, Hyon Song Wol and Kim Myong Sik.
He, who arrived there by dangerous gorge railway restored temporarily, was greeted by excited commanding officers of the Korean People’s Army (KPA).
He had convened the 6th Enlarged Meeting of the 7th Central Military Commission of the WPK just one month ago to issue an order of the Party Central Military Commission to involve KPA units in the rehabilitation campaign in the Komdok area which had been plunged into the worst situation by a devastating typhoon. At that time he ardently called on the service personnel to make devoted efforts for our great people, for our great Party, and for our great state. In hearty response to his noble intention the soldier-builders turned out as one in the restoration campaign.
They waged a 24-7 campaign in the spirit of carrying out the Party’s instructions unto death and of At a Go to fulfill over 60 percent of the total project of building more than 2 300 new dwellings in the Komdok area.
He said he could see the damage done to the area was more severe than he thought.
He highly appreciated the labor feats of the service personnel who completely removed the serious aftereffects and are pushing forward with the reconstruction project.
He was greatly satisfied with the service personnel’s high morale and the effective field political work underway across the reconstruction site.
Looking round the reconstruction site, he highly praised service personnel for building dwellings to be of high quality and doing all parts of the construction with all sincerity.
Saying that the conscience and unassuming efforts of the service personnel devoted to the building of the dwelling houses will be appreciated and estimated by the householders, he stressed the need for the service personnel remaining boundlessly true to the Party and the people to put sincerity to every dwelling.
He also praised the KPA units and sub-units involved in the recovery campaign in Komdok area for building firm retaining concrete walls by road stretches and railway sections vulnerable to landslides, and doing well river improvement so that they would not be damaged by future natural disasters.
He said that the service personnel were dispatched to the reconstruction sites in different parts of the country to carry out the sacred missions given by the Party Central Committee and are performing miracles and writing legendary stories about heroes, adding that thanks to them the 75th anniversary of the founding of the glorious WPK could be celebrated successfully and the square of the celebrations could also be glorified more. And he expressed his thanks to all the soldier-builders for displaying gallantry in the reconstruction campaign.
He underlined the need for the whole party and for the whole society to create a climate of encouraging the struggle of the service personnel taking the lead in the restoration campaign, to send letters inspiring them and to render political and ideological aid to them so as to keep the high spirit.
He learned about the supply of winter clothes for the service personnel and other supply service and underscored the need to take good care of them as it is getting cold, to provide living environments of meeting the anti-epidemic requirements and to create the conditions for timely curing the cases, if any.
He said he was so pleased to hear that the calamity-afflicted people could move into new houses by the end of this month, and stressed the need to take measures to supply food and daily necessities to those disaster-hit people and to take good care of them as they are living a hard life in public buildings and other people’s houses.
He was so unhappy to see the single-storied houses squeezed in a haphazard way at the foot of a mountain slope on his way to the reconstruction site.
He said that there are still houses built more than half a century ago and that we did not know properly the life of the people living in so piteous environments and dwellings, although we thought of reconstructing houses for the disaster-stricken people. He continued that he feels not relieved as we can not build new houses for them this time.
He said that we have to seriously reproach ourselves for failing to pay due attention to the living of the people in Komdok and making the workers live in such a backward living environment, though we claimed that the workers of Komdok are like the elder brother of the country and that the Komdok area is the major artery of the national economy. He continued that if we overlook such living conditions of the people in the local areas, our Party’s popular policies will be just an empty talk and be just like taking credit to oneself, adding that he would feel remorseful if only thousands of flood-hit houses are rebuilt.
He said that now new houses are built only when old ones are brought down by natural disasters, adding that local construction should not be done this way and, as he had said shortly ago, that the goal for the local construction should be set in a planned way and be carried out in a long-term way.
He unfolded a far-reaching plan and blueprint to turn the Komdok area, the country’s leading large-scale mineral production base, into the country’s model mountainous city and a mining city next to Samjiyon City by doing away with the centuries-old backwardness in Taehung, Komdok and Ryongyang and by building modern dwelling houses suited to the requirements of the new century.
He said that the current construction for recovery from damage should be set as the first-stage project to be completed during the 80-day campaign with all-out efforts, stressing his pledge to build, as the second-stage project, 25 000 new dwelling houses in Komdok Mining Complex, Taehung Youth Hero Mine and Ryongyang Mine during the period of carrying out the five-year plan to be set forth in the 8th Congress of the Party.
He gave detailed instructions regarding the direction of the construction in the Komdok area, pledging to take charge of the project himself and build, together with the People’s Army, mine villages in the Komdok area into the world’s best mining city, the world’s No 1 gorge city to be envied by all people.
He said that the People’s Army would take full charge of building materials such as cement, steel and oil and build 5 000 dwelling houses each year from next year on an yearly basis, not expecting any help from the national planning institutions which become very calculating, reel off complaints being caught in defeatism and make a great fuss whenever a project to be prioritized as a state policy is set.
He advanced the task for the designing field to work out the master plan for the construction of the Komdok area during the 80-day campaign. He stressed the need to conduct field survey before the designing, to set the sites properly so that buildings would not be affected by natural disasters and there wouldn’t be inconvenience in living, and to design the exterior and interior of the dwelling houses as wanted by the inhabitants.
He suggested making harmonious combination of one-storey houses and several-storey, multi-storey and high-rise apartment buildings in the Komdok area, calling for breaking with the old style of building clusters of single-storey houses in local counties and mountainous counties and for giving a complete face-lift to the area so as to create another example, a revolution, in the local construction.
He stressed the need to do well the dredging of the beds of rivers and streams and embankment and put importance on forest and water conservation so that the area would not be affected by any floods and typhoons in the future.
Noting that he made another decision to carry out a huge task by relying on the People’s Army, he said the grandiose ambition and ideal of our Party will instill fresh confidence and hope into the people all over the country and become a spark of the 80-Day Campaign for ushering in the period of new surge and great turn in our revolution.
He said that the second hand of the clock of our revolution turns keeping pace with the footsteps of the People’s Army and the speed of the latter is precisely the speed of the advance of our revolution, calling on the People’s Army to dash forward keeping step with the attack speed of our Party which doesn’t feel content in the work for the people and thus bring earlier the future of our country when there would be nothing to desire more.
All the builders were full of a strong will to creditably carry out the task for the construction for the recovery of the Komdok area and turn the area into a model mining city which will bring about a great change in the era of the Workers’ Party, and into the place of unheard-of mythical miracle, in response to the do-or-die attack spirit of Kim Jong Un working heart and soul for the miraculous civilization which will soar from manifold disasters, the spirit which is tantamount to a bold pluck and decision that can be made and put into practice by our Marshal only.
The Supreme Leader ardently appealed to the units of the People’s Army to make dedicated efforts for our great people, our great Party and our great state.