North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Visits Shoe Factory; Calls to Make Best Footwear

John Kim, Nov. 27, 2015, 9:20 a.m.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a shoe factory and called for the production of the world's best quality shoes, the country's official news media said Friday. "The ruling party demands everything intended for the people should be the world's best quality," Kim said during his visit to the shoe factory in the east coast port city of Wonsan, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)'s report.

"Let's fight vigorously to produce famous goods and produce what can compete in the world," Kim stressed. Kim expressed pleasure at the factory's vibrant production, saying, "The environment of the factory is even brighter than the previous visit in January."

The KCNA report said Kim was very pleased to see shoes made there with domestically produced vinyl chloride and synthetic leather as well as the "steady innovation and progress" of the factory. Jo Yong-won, vice department director of the ruling party's central committee, and high-ranking military official Han Kwang-sang accompanied Kim to the factory inspection.

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