Kim Jong Un makes his first appearance since missile test

Yui Kusagawa, June 4, 2019, 9:25 a.m.


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made his first public appearance since overseeing a missile test 23 days ago on Saturday, when he toured weapons factories in Jagang Province.

Kim also visited a youth education center and criticized officials there by saying it was "pathetic" to see a building that was renovated three years ago look more than a decade old, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

He complained that "no water came out of the showers, faucets were missing and lights were not set up properly" and accused senior officials of having no interest in fixing such problems.

The tirade comes after the official Rodong Sinmun daily took aim at "anti-party, anti-revolutionary acts" against the leader amid a purge of senior officials.

Disguised as machinery factories, the facilities Kim toured all manufacture weapons, and his visit send a none-too-subtle message that he is determined to continue arms development despite international sanctions.

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