At the Seventh Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea held in September this year, the respected Comrade Kim Jong Un said that it is needed to make scientific calculations and accurate action plans for long-term economic projects including the construction of a large canal linking the East and West seas of Korea and, once they are launched, national efforts should be directed to make them a success without fail.
And in early October last he stressed again the need to build the large canal without fail.
The project was already mapped out by President Kim Il Sung 70 years ago.
In April Juche 41 (1952), during the Fatherland Liberation War, he visited Kim Il Sung University evacuated to the then Paekjon-ri, Jasan Sub-county, Sunchon County, South Phyongan Province.
He called officials and scholars of the university and talked with them for two days, making analyses from different angles and giving instructions related to a series of problems arising in national economic development and postwar economic reconstruction, including those on surveying the country’s natural resources to utilize them rationally, on achieving industrialization of the country and on electrification.
Referring to the need to develop river transport, he stressed that if a canal was built by linking the upper reaches of the Taedong and the Ryonghung (the present Kumya) or the upper reaches of the Rimjin and the Tokji to allow ships to sail freely between the East and West seas of Korea, the canal would prove very significant.
And he continued: Building a canal is never an easy project as many tunnels will have to be dug and vast amounts of earth excavated. But this will not present a big problem since we have the experience of digging tunnels during the war. The teaching staff and students of the university should undertake a deep study of the problem of building a canal that links the East and West seas and draw up a rational prospective plan of the project.
One April day in Juche 43 (1954), the year after the victorious war, he met lecturers of the university, and gave instructions related to the project again, saying that it would be difficult to conduct the project immediately but we should expect to do it as a long-term plan.
So the great plan for construction of the large canal was mapped out in this way.