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Kim Jong Un celebrates 'modern mountainous city'

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Published on December 3, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Kim Jong Un celebrates 'modern mountainous city'

North Korea's state-run television KRT on Tuesday aired a video of leader Kim Jong Un celebrating the completion of his signature construction project, a new city near the sacred mountain where his family claims its roots.

Emer McCarthy reports.

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Kim Jong Un celebrates 'modern mountainous city'

Cutting the ribbon on his so-called 'socialist utopia'-- Kim Jong Un was all smiles as he braved the elements on Tuesday (December 3).

The city, named Samjiyon, is located near the sacred mountain where the Kim dynasty claim its roots.

Equipped with new apartments, hotels, a ski resort and commercial, cultural and medical facilities, North Korean state media it could accommodate 4,000 families and has 380 blocks of public and industrial buildings in quote, "hundreds of hectares".

The city is one of the largest economic initiatives Kim has launched as part of his drive for a "self-reliant economy'', but its construction was delayed chiefly due to shortages in construction materials and labour as a result of sanctions imposed to curb Pyongyang's nuclear program.

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