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NK leader deeply concerned about consumer goods for people's lives: KCNA

2014/08/07 09:51

SEOUL, Aug. 7 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un expressed deep concern about the production of consumer goods closely associated with the livelihoods of the impoverished nation's people, Pyongyang's state media reported Thursday.

As Kim toured a hosiery factory in the communist nation's capital, he called for the modernization of all production processes and proper management and business strategies, the North's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

Kim showed "deep concern for consumer goods for people's life," it added without clarifying when he visited the facility, an activity that Pyongyang's news outlets call "field guidance."

   "The production capacity of the factory is very big, he noted, calling for operating all production processes in full capacity so as to meet the demands of people for hosiery," the KCNA said in an English language report monitored in Seoul.

Kim, known to be in his late 20s or early 30s and educated in Switzerland, called for workers there to use their "brains" to produce goods tailored to consumers' demands in accordance with age, sex, seasons and fashion, it added.

Kim underscored the need to pay deep attention to designing hosiery "in the direction of ensuring utility and beauty of goods and increasing economic efficiency, in particular," said the KCNA.

The North's media have churned out reports saying Kim pays keen attention to the life of its people, even their fashion and lifestyle since he took power in late 2011.

North Korea's men have been reportedly ordered to get the same haircut as Kim under recent "fashion guidelines."

  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un tours the Pyongyang Hosiery Factory in the nation's capital. (KCNA-Yonhap)

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un tours the Pyongyang Hosiery Factory in the nation's capital. (KCNA-Yonhap)

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