With North Korean authorities continuing to push the construction of Yonpo Greenhouse Farm despite the country’s COVID-19 outbreak, the government has recently begun efforts to expand the number of construction workers at the site.
The government has claimed the increase in workers is aimed at completing the construction ahead of the Oct. 10 deadline, but some people are saying that the authorities are trying to replace a large number of civilian and military workers who have come down with fevers.
According to a Daily NK source in South Hamgyong Province on Thursday, the general construction headquarters at the Yonpo Greenhouse Farm construction site received a joint directive from the Cabinet and Ministry of Defense in late May. The order called on the headquarters to more than double the number of construction personnel at the site.
The order stressed that the directive followed a “decision by the party” to “achieve victory in the great battle against the disease and in the battle to protect socialism” and “to complete construction of the Yonpo Greenhouse Farm before Party Foundation Day [Oct. 10].”
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