The North Korean leader, despite the obituaries who have been touring around the world for too many days, reappeared publicly yesterday with several party leaders to inaugurate a new phosphate fertilizer factory in Sunchon.
The press release of the North Korean Press Agency is as always steeped in cloying communist rhetoric: "All the participants threw themselves into thunderous" hurray! "To express the highest enthusiasm to the supreme leader who brought about a new change in the development of the autarchic fertilizer industry and great revolutionary progress in strengthening the country's economy until victory with his exceptional leadership. "
We do not know the real impact that the newly inaugurated plant will have on the poor North Korean economy. Certainly mastery in managing the attention of the media, especially foreigners, must be recognized.