N.Korea builds more houses in Samjiyon under major development project


Seoul, Oct 28 : North Korea has completed building 1,000 more houses in the northwestern city of Samjiyon near the border with China, state media reported on Thursday, as part of a major development project under way at the birthplace of leader Kim Jong-un's late father. "Shock brigade" members of the 216 Division "made the shining achievements of concluding the construction of all the dwelling houses they were tasked to fulfil", according to Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Developing the city has been one of Kim's pet projects since taking office in late 2011, Yonhap News Agency quoted the KCNA report as saying. Samjiyon is located at the foot of Mount Paekdu, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, and known to be the birthplace of Kim's late father and former leader Kim Jong-il. The mountain is regarded as a sacred place where his late grandfather and state founder Kim Il-sung staged an anti-Japanese fight during the 1910-45 colonial rule. /IANS


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