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N. Korean leader instructs use of int'l measurement system: reports
SEOUL, May 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for the use of the international measurement system, the latest edition of a state-controlled magazine showed Sunday, a move that appears to be in line with Pyongyang's open-door policy on science and technology.

   Ever since taking power, Kim has been stressing the importance of "universal trends" in science and technology. Outlining the country's policy plan for 2013, Kim highlighted the country's ambitions in the science and technology sectors in his televised New Year's speech earlier this year.

   According to the quarterly "Cultural Language Study," the young leader directed his people to use the international measurement units and symbols in accordance with international customs.

   Pyongyang's media outlets, including the Korean Central News Agency, have so far used international measurement units and symbols such as kilogram, ton, hectare, and centimeter.

   However, the method of measurement is presumed to have not spread to use in factories and stores.

   The magazine said Kim's instruction to use the international measurement system can help the country to "strengthen international exchange and cooperation with many other countries in the world in the field of industry, science and technology, and even in the area of general social life."