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Monday, May 15, 2017
North Korean Officials Are Afraid To Live In New Pyongyang High-Rises
Pyongyang’s newest high-rises are not all they’re cracked up to be, according to South Korean media reports.
Ryomyong Street is a massive real estate project filled with tall buildings, some over 70 stories, consisting of about 3,500 apartments. Kim Jong-un first announced the project a little over a year ago. The structures are considered to be symbols of strength and defiance as international pressure on the regime mounts, but a number of North Korean officials are afraid to actually live in the apartment buildings, according to Daily NK.
Kim unveiled a new skyscraper on Ryomyong Street in April before a large group of foreign reporters.
“There are critical problems over the quality and safety of the construction, as it was carried out with an over-emphasis on construction speed leading to questionable workmanship,” reports Daily NK’s Choi Song Min, who has been covering the development of Ryomyong Street in Pyongyang, adding, “This is not just a personal opinion but a fact, with the officers and staff involved in the project sharing the same concerns.”