Pyongyang, September 16 (KCNA) --
Displayed in electric signs in various places of the City of Komsomolsk-on-Amur were letters reading "Welcome Comrade President of the State Affairs of the DPRK" and the city was in a warm welcoming atmosphere to greet Comrade
The respected Comrade
He was courteously greeted at the station by Alexandr Kozlov, minister of Natural Resources and Ecology, Mikhail Degtyarev, governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Administration, and Alexandr Zhornik, mayor of Komsomolsk-on-Amur of Russia.
Russian women in national costume presented him with bread and salt according to a Russian custom.
He was presented with a fragrant bouquet by a lovely child.
He warmly waved back to the Russian children fluttering the national flags of the two countries.
Being guided by Russian leading officials, he headed for the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Yuri Gagarin Aviation Plant.
Accompanying him were Choe Son Hui, foreign minister of the DPRK, Marshals of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Ri Pyong Chol and Pak Jong Chon, Kang Sun Nam, minister of National Defence of the DPRK, O Su Yong and Pak Thae Song, secretaries of the C.C., WPK, General Kim Kwang Hyok, commander of the Air Force of the KPA, and other senior officials and suite members.
The Komsomolsk-on-Amur Yuri Gagarin Aviation Plant, founded in 1934, made a great contribution to defeating fascism during the past Great Patriotic War by producing various kinds of planes, including long-range bombers. It is the largest Su-type fighter jet manufacturer in Russia and a pivotal base of the Russian defence industry and air-transport service industry producing various fighters, including the fifth-generation fighter jet Su-57, and airliners.
A woman employee presented a bouquet to
Employees of the plant warmly greeted him with boundless respect and reverence.
Being briefed by the manager on the plant,
Looking at the photos of Chairman
He met test pilots at the fighter jet fuselage assembly shop and got on Su-57 to hear a detailed explanation of the technical specifications and flight performance of the fifth-generation fighter jet.
He mounted an airliner produced by the plant to learn about its performance and watched the test flight of a Su-35 fighter jet. He highly appreciated the officials, scientists, technicians and workers of the plant for making a great contribution to the development of the country's air industry by achieving excellent successes in production with highly advanced technology and strong mental power.
Saying that he was deeply impressed by the rich independent potential and modernity of the Russian aircraft manufacturing industry and its ceaseless enterprising efforts toward new goals, he sincerely hoped that the plant would make sustained development by achieving higher production growth in the future.
He had a souvenir photo taken with the accompanying officials of the two countries in front of Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets on display in the compound of the plant.
Yuri Slusari hosted a luncheon in welcome of the respected Comrade
The deputy prime minister and concurrently minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the manager of the plant, in their speeches at the luncheon, expressed deep thanks to
The luncheon proceeded in a warm and amicable atmosphere.
After the luncheon,
He was presented with souvenir gifts by the deputy prime minister and concurrently minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Administration and the general director of the Russian Air Production Complex.
Before leaving the plant, he met and congratulated the test pilot on his admirable flight and had a significant picture taken with him with a Su-35 fighter jet for a background.
That afternoon, he left for the next destination, being given a warm send-off by Russian officials.