Samjiyon: Kim Jong-un unveils town hailed as 'epitome of civilisation'
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.
When did construction begin?
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.
What has gone into building it?
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.