North Korean leader Kim Jong Un expressed anger during a visit to a terrapin farm, according to an article from the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) published today.
Kim often conducts field guidance in farms and factories around the DPRK, however is rarely reported as being critical of the facilities he visits.
Central to Kim’s displeasure, the managers of the farm did not set aside the necessary room to praise Kim Jong Il’s teachings. The former leader visited the farm in 2011, according to the KCNA Watch data tool.
“It is hard to understand that the farm visited by Kim Jong Il did not arrange even the room for the education in the revolutionary history and the employees who failed to bear deep in their minds his leadership exploits could hardly perform their role as masters in production,” Kim said in comments carried by KCNA.
The strongly worded article claims the farm was one of Kim Jong Il’s personal projects, who in 2011 appeared to give clear guidelines of its production and output.
“I think the phrase ‘room for the education in revolutionary history’ is critical. It means Kim is trying to conducting an ideological struggle,” Kang Dong-wan, professor of political science at Dong-A University told NK News.
“It is a very exceptional case of guidance, usually they take pictures together and Kim praises the workers. This kind of anger shows his regime is not completely stable.”
During his visit, Kim listed a set “drastic” changes that should be made at the farm, and warned of “grave consequences” for impairing the prestige of the Korean Workers Party (KWP).
A further sticking point was the farm’s failure to complete a breeding ground for freshwater lobsters.
“(T)he party sent fries of freshwater lobsters to the farm so that it might breed them … but it failed to complete a breeding ground though two years have passed since then, he strongly criticized the shortcoming of its officials as a manifestation of incompetence, outmoded way of thinking and irresponsible work style,” the article reads.
KCNA also reported on the planned upgrades to the terrapin farm back in 2012, which at the time were supposedly progressing well.
The North Korean leader stressed that under current circumstances, the farm would not be ready to contribute to the upcoming 70th anniversary of the KWP in October.
Additional reporting by Ha Young Choi
Featured image: KCNA
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