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North Korean leader opens science and technology center in Pyongyang

AFP, SEOUL

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has opened a science and technology complex in Pyongyang, North Korean state media said yesterday, adding another ostentatious building to the impoverished nation’s showcase capital.

His attendance at the ceremony on Friday marked his first public appearance since his New Year address, when he vowed to raise living standards in the struggling one-party state.

Inspecting the complex, he said it was “a great center” open to everybody for study and “for disseminating [the] latest science and technology in which the party’s plan has been materialized,” Pyongyang’s KCNA news agency reported.

He said the completion of the complex was testimony to the great importance the Workers’ Party of Korea attaches to the development of science and technology.

“It is the party’s firm determination to ... advance the establishment of a rich and powerful fatherland through the locomotive of science and technology,” Kim said in his New Year speech.

The complex is located on a “propitious site” near the Taedong River in the capital, North Korean Prime Minister Pak Pong-ju said.

Pyongyang’s Korean Central TV broadcast footage of Kim cutting the ribbon to the structure amid rapturous applause from thousands of participants gathered in front of the building.

A model of the North Korean Unha rocket that put a satellite into orbit in 2012 was on display in the complex.

Pyongyang has a myriad of monuments and edifices of dubious purpose spawned by the personality cult of the ruling Kim dynasty.

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