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NK leader visits tractor factory amid hiatus of provocations

By Yonhap
  • Published : Nov 15, 2017 - 10:00
  • Updated : Nov 15, 2017 - 10:00

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a tractor factory, state media said Wednesday, as he resumed public activity amid a two-month hiatus of the country's provocations.

Kim conducted the so-called field guidance to the Kumsong Tractor Factory, stressing the importance of production on the basis of the spirit of self-reliance, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

He said that each tractor was produced mostly with locally produced parts, boasting self-sufficiency amid tough international sanctions on North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

This photo carried by North Korea`s state news agency on Nov. 15, 2017, shows its leader Kim Jong-un (C) inspecting a tractor factory. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

"This is not just a transporter, but a steel horse of self-reliance which opens a shortcut to an economic powerhouse. Factory workers dealt a heavy blow to enemies who are running amok to stifle us," Kim was quoted as saying by the KCNA.

It marked the first inspection since Nov. 4 when the state media reported Kim's visit to a truck factory.

He conducted tours in economic fields in recent weeks in an apparent bid to show that the North Korean economy has not been severely affected by international sanctions.

In July and August, Kim engaged in no economic-related public events as the North seemed to be focusing on missile testing.

His visit came as North Korea refrained from provocative acts following its launch of a missile over Japan on Sept. 15. (Yonhap)