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Title NK Brief, February 1, 2018 Date 2018.02.06
Attach 180201_NK Brief_No2-1_(Bus factory, Wonsan tourism, inter-Korean relations).pdf
□ Kim Jong-un visits the Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory
Kim Jong-un, chairman of North Korea’s State Affairs Commission, provided on-the-spot “field guidance” to the newly reconstructed Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory, as reported by the Rodong Sinmun on February 1.

In accordance with Chairman Kim’s instructions and under the direction of the Pyongyang Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) committee, the officials and workers of the Capital Passengers Traffic Bureau, the Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory and the city government of Pyongyang have completed the construction of twelve new buildings and renovation of four other buildings, Rodong Sinmun said. Having completed the modernization, the factory is said to have started production in earnest.

Touring various areas of the factory, including the processing, electric motor, final assembly and overhaul shops, Kim was briefed about “modernization and production” in detail. He also inspected the new type of trolley bus manufactured by the factor. He went on to praise the factory officials and workers: “It is great that you have achieved more than 92 percent of localization in producing modern equipment and repairing broken facilities. It is also a great achievement you can be proud of that you have enabled the remote controlling of the trolley assembly process, automated the heat treatment process, and reduced labor and power input more than before by adopting power-saving devices.”

Kim also declared that, as a means of transportation, the trolley bus “should be made the face of Pyongyang, the capital [of this country].” He also stated his intention to “turn the Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory into a world-class trolley production base,” presenting it as a goal for the second-phase modernization.

The leadership praises the Pyongyang Trolley Bus Factory for having established an integrated production system to maximum benefits in the production and management activities by introducing advanced technology to meet the needs of building a knowledge-based economy.

□ North Korea plans to create the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist zone
North Korea is promoting the construction of a tourist zone in the Kalma peninsula in Wonsan this year, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on January 25.

North Korea announced plans for the construction of the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist zone on the occasion of a visit to the Masikryong Pass Ski Resort and the Kalma airfield by a South Korean inspection team prior to a joint training event between the two Koreas in relation to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

“The construction of the coastal tourist zone will be a turning point in upgrading North Korea’s tourism industry to a world-class level,” the KCNA said. “We are currently making strong efforts to prepare for the completion of the construction within the shortest period of time,” it added.
In fact, the completion of the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist area “within the shortest period of time” is one of the tasks Chairman Kim Jong-un presented in his New Year’s address this year.

The KCNA insisted that if the Wonsan-Kalma coastal tourist zone is established in the area where the modern Kalma airport is located, it would be able to smoothly meet the tourism demands of domestic and foreign tourists. Moreover, the article claimed the area to be ideal as a stopover site, linking various tourist spots with the Wonsan-Mt. Kumgang International Tourist Zone. The article called the Kalma district in Wonsan as a “promising area for a coastal tourist zone,” and lauded its spectacular landscape, rare flora, and scenic sites, such as Myongsasimni Beach.

□ DPRK foreign minister demands UNSC ban countries disturbing improvement of inter-Korean relations
On January 31, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho sent a letter to Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, asking him to exert efforts to completely terminate the “US maneuvers to provoke a nuclear war,” the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on February 1.

According to the KCNA, Ri argued that at the time when South and North Korea are opening a new chapter of peace, the United States is seeking to intentionally aggravate the situation by introducing its strategic assets such as a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier strike group into the vicinity of the Korean peninsula and openly stating that the US would conduct the joint US-ROK military exercises Key Resolve and Foal Eagle immediately after the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and Paralympics.

Furthermore, he threatened that although North Korea would continue its efforts to improve inter-Korean relations in the future, it would never sit idle with regard to the “sinister act” of throwing a wet blanket over DPRK efforts.

Subsequently, Ri insisted that the secretary-general should pay attention to the US deployment of nuclear assets and US maneuvers to provoke a nuclear war, which undermine the improvement of inter-Korean relations and the easing of tensions, and that he should exert all his efforts to completely terminate these maneuvers.

Ri also asked the secretary-general to submit to the UN Security Council (UNSC) the issue of welcoming the process of improving inter-Korean relations while discouraging the neighboring countries from disturbing it.

Pyongyang has long deemed the joint US-ROK military exercises as preparations for a ‘nuclear attack’ against the DPRK. In calling for the suspension of the joint military exercises through foreign minister Ri’s letter, North Korea appears to be taking advantage of the burgeoning peaceful atmosphere on the Korean peninsula following the high-level talks between the two Koreas and the participation of the North Korean delegation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics.