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Kim Jong Un talks safety after apartment collapse

SEOUL--North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sought to reassure the public over construction safety after the deadly collapse of a Pyongyang apartment building sparked a rare apology from the secretive hard-line state.

Inspecting a river-side construction site in Pyongyang where two 46-story apartment buildings are being built by soldiers, he stressed the need for quality construction in the aftermath of the May 13 accident that state media blamed on “irresponsible” supervision by officials.

The official Korean Central News Agency on Wednesday quoted Kim raising the slogan: “Let us take responsibility for the safety of the project and guarantee its absolute quality for all eternity.”

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