North Korean media today released photos of the newly completed science and technology center on the Ssuk islet in Pyongyang’s Taedong River as DPRK leader Kim Jong Un toured the site.
The Korean Central News Agency’s (KCNA) photos show a sleek, atom shaped structure which according to previous satellite imagery is at least 300 meters in length.
Kim Jong Un’s visit to the site marked his second such trip to a science related construction project since October 21.
“Visiting the Ssuk Islet, an islet of science, everyone will know well about the validity and vitality of the policy of the WPK (Worker’s Party of Korea) which has been constantly directing big efforts to the development of science and technology,” Kim said, in comments carried by KCNA.
According to the article, the facility will act as an e-library for scientific work and papers produced by North Korean scientists. It also features an “earthquake experience room, virtual science laboratory,” and various halls equipped with projectors and large touch screen computers.
The article claims the facility is powered by solar, geothermal and “other natural energies.”
The Korean People’s Army were drafted in to speed up construction, and analysis of satellite imagery shows the whole structure was completed in approximately one year, with work continuing through the winter months.
The visit is Kim’s third trip to the site since its early construction began in 2014, according to the NK News KCNA Watch tool.
The news comes just one week after Kim toured the completed Mirae science-street, a large scale construction project with numerous high rise buildings and apartments to house DPRK scientists and teachers.
“North Korea has built various buildings to raise morale of scientists such as a building for scientists’ holidays. The sci-tech complex is one of these buildings. To build these kinds of things means science and technology are important to rebuild their economy,” Kim Jong-son, a researcher at the Science and Technology Policy Institute in Seoul told NK News last month.
Featured image: KCNA
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