SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw recovery efforts in a flooded village, his latest visit to areas recently damaged by thunderstorms, while his sister publicly returned for the first time in nearly two months. The state said on Friday.
During the visit with Kim Yo Jong, Kim praised the pace of reconstruction work in Kimwa County in the country’s southeast. “This year has been unprecedentedly one of hardships,” he said of hurricanes and other natural disasters.
The younger Kim is believed to be the second time as a D commando in the early 30s and is the leader’s only close relative with a public role in politics. She became prominent in harsh rhetoric against South Korea.
Heat storms and floods in North Korea have hit hard, devastated thousands of homes and raised concerns about the country’s chronic food shortage.
While praising the recovery, Kim said he felt “remorse” that the new homes in the area were of a “monotonous” design. Earlier, the state’s media called the cookie-cutter homes a “socialist fairytale” model, advertising the regime’s recovery efforts after thousands of homes were destroyed due to floods.
Kim’s comments were the latest official criticism in a tightly controlled country, where Adarsh holds socialist pride.
In recent weeks state media said that Pyongyang had discovered “flaws” in the COVID-19 war effort, and that Kim had made a rare killing of a South Korean official in the waters off the west coast of North Korea’s peninsula Offered an apology.
On Friday, the ruling party newspaper Rodong Sinmun painted Kim’s tour, which featured lines of houses with red ceilings and beige and white walls.
Kim said that Kim said that although speed was important, he said that “the artistic harmony was appropriately combined with the surrounding atmosphere and diversity”.
Reporting by Joo-min Park; Editing by William Mallard