February 21, 2024

Kim Jong Un visits machine factory on east coast, votes in local election

State media says North Korean leader lauds self-reliance while casting ballot in local elections in Hamhung

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un emphasized economic policy in a visit to a major machine factory on the east coast, according to state media, where he cast a symbolic vote in a local election held Sunday.

The focus on the “people’s economic development” comes after most of his recent public on-site inspections have been related to the military, and amid daily state media reports on Kim reviewing imagery of U.S. and South Korean military bases taken by a new satellite the DPRK launched last week.