Despite concerns that many North Korean citizens face severe hardship, the leader of the regime Kim Jong-Un appears to be living an incredibly luxurious life. Just last year, the national newspaper Rodong Sinmun warned the North Korean people to brace themselves for a period of difficulty, claiming that they must persevere because “the road to revolution is long and arduous”. The paper is reported to have said:
“We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again.”
This rhetoric is reminiscent of the language used to describe “The Arduous March” – a period of extreme economic hardship and severe famine which occurred between 1994 and 1998. Out of a total population of around 24 million, as many as 3 million people are thought to have died during this period, as food yields were hit by droughts and floods leading to mass starvation.
In contrast, leader Kim Jong-Un does not appear to be in danger of anything arduous, as reports over the years have consistently painted a picture of wealth and extravagance. A 2013 report presented to the South Korean parliament claimed that the North Korean regime had increased its imports of musical instruments, cosmetics, handbags, leather products, watches and cars made in Japan and China. The report listed purchases such as electronic goods costing $37 million and luxury watches costing a further $8.2 million.
Jong-Un is also reputed to be a lover of fine wine. The South Korean report mentions that the dictator’s regime purchased bottles of high-end alcohol which cost the state $30 million. Reports have even said that Jong-Un once boasted to his late father’s former chef Kenji Fujimoto that he could drink 10 bottles of Bordeaux in one night. Former basketball star Dennis Rodman also commented on the quality of alcohol present at the leader’s residence.
“If you drink a bottle of tequila, it’s the best tequila. Everything you want, he has the best.”
“He’s got 50 to 60 people around him all the time – just normal people, drinking cocktails and laughing the whole time.”
Rodman was commenting on what is known as the leader’s “pleasure palace” – a luxury residence located on the coast of the port city of Wonsan. The former NBA (National Basketball Association) star visited North Korea in 2013 and was very vocal about his interest in the country and its leader, later describing Jong-Un as a “good friend”. After spending a week on the private island, Rodman went on to describe the leader’s lifestyle as a “seven-star” party of endless cocktails and jet-skis and even said the island was “like going to Hawaii or Ibiza, but he’s the only one that lives there.”
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