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North Kor ea leader Kim Jong Un launched -- not a missile -- but an unusual public attack on his own officials during inspections of several ongoing projects in the Hermit Kingdom, visits he said that left him âappalledâ and âspeechlessâ due to a lack of progress and attention to detail.
Kimâs statements, released by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Tuesday, were made during his âfield guidanceâ visits at construction sites in the country. The despotâs disappointment was reportedly visible during a visit to the Orangchon Power Station construction site in the northeast. After officials briefed him about the project and its delays, Kim became "ext remely enraged," KCNA reported.
State media said Kim Jong Un has harshly reprimanded local officials over a delayed construction project. (KCNA)
Kimâs late grandfather, North Korean founder Kim Il Sung, had initially given the project the green light in the early 1980s. But on Tuesday, it was only 70 percent complete.
âHe reprimanded the leading officials of the Cabinet for leaving the project to the province only and not paying attention to it,â KCNA said in its statement.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, speaks during a visit to a machine factory in North Hamgyong Province, North Korea. (KCNA)
Kim ordered the plant to be completed by next October.
His attacks on officials continued during a visit to Onpho holiday camp, which Kimâs father and late grandfather had been to in the past. KCNA said the North Korean leader was disgusted by the hot spring bathtubs that appeared âdirty, gloomy and unsanitary for their poor management.â Kim reportedly called the tubs âworse than fish tanks.â
The slogan in the background reads: "March toward the final victory!â (KCNA)
At a visit to Chongjin bag factory, Kim blamed the North Hamgyong Provincial Party Committee for not implementing the official policy of build ing a new plant.
âIt offered shabby rooms of the building at the Chongjin Regenerated Fibre Factory for a bag production base and thus caused great anxiety to Kim Jong Un who came to the factory to learn about the bag production in localities,â KCNA said.
Kim Jong Un often visits construction sites to provide "field guidance." (KCNA)
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Since taking power in late 2011, Kim, 34, has promised to boost living standards. Experts believe Kimâs latest attacks on his officials are designed to show heâs focused on the countryâs economy. The despot is often pictured surrounded by officials while they scrawl notes during the "field guidance."
âKim seems to believe his country will be able to keep the balance between openness and internal reform only after improving its economic competitiveness. Thus he mentioned both severe punishment and encouragement during his field guidance trips," Yang Moo-jin, a professor of the University of North Korean Studies, told South Koreaâs Yonhap News Agency.
Kim is often pictured surrounded by officials scrawling notes on a notepad. (KCNA)
Tough U.N. sanctions imposed after the regimeâs nuclear and missile tests last year, however, have seemed to take a toll on the country's economy. Kim met with President Trump in Singapore in June and agreed to âcomplete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.â In exchange, Kim asked for security guarantees.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter at @bykatherinelamSource: Google News North Korea | Netizen 24 North Korea