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N.K. leader inspects mushroom farm

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has visited a mushroom farm, expressing satisfaction that it was built with indigenous technology and materials, Pyongyang's state media said Saturday.

Kim inspected the Pyongyang Mushroom Farm, accompanied by party and state officials including premier Pak Pong-ju, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) monitored by Seoul.

This photo, carried by North Korea's main newspaper Rodong Sinmun on April 8, 2017, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a mushroom farm on the outskirts of Pyongyang. (For Use Only in the Republic of Korea. No Redistribution) (Yonhap)

The North Korea premier accompanied the leader on his field guidance for the first time this year.

The North's ruler praised the farm as an "icon and standard" of the country's mushroom farms, saying that it will help improve North Koreans' diet.

Kim voiced satisfaction that the equipment of the farm was made with indigenous efforts, technology and materials, according to the report.

Kim has visited several factories in an apparent bid to show the image of a leader caring for ordinary North Koreans amid tough international sanctions. (Yonhap)

Kim Jung-mi  edt@koreapost.com

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