Samjiyon: Kim Jong-un unveils town hailed as 'epitome of civilisation'

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​North Korea's socialist 'paradise' city
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​North Korea's socialist 'paradise' city

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has opened a flagship construction project close to Mount Paektu, a symbol of the Korean nation and officially the birthplace of his father and predecessor.

In pic: The North Korean government shows the completion ceremony of new city Samjiyon being held.

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​Opening ceremony
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​Opening ceremony

The ceremony was held in snowy scenes before thousands of soldiers and civilians, and portrayed as a demonstration of the resilience of the North, which is subject to international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

It comes with time running out on Pyongyang's demand for the US to offer it fresh concessions by the end of the year, and ahead of Kim's New Year speech on January 1, a key political set-piece in the isolated country.

In pic: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (2nd R) cutting a ribon to mark the completion of the construction of the township of Samjiyon County.

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​When did construction begin?
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​When did construction begin?

Mr Kim visited Samjiyon town exactly two years ago, where he first announced a big "rebuilding" project.

But it has not exactly been built from the ground up. A town already existed before the reconstruction. Some buildings were remodelled, while many more were torn down and replaced with new buildings.

In pic: People dance to celebrate the completion of Samjiyon city.

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​What has gone into building it?
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​What has gone into building it?

It's not known how much money has gone into construction of the town.

But construction happened at a time when North Korea is under tough sanctions, and its completion shows how much importance the government placed on the project.

In pic: Skiers watch fireworks exploding to mark the completion of Samjiyon city.

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