Kim Jong-un has no qualms promoting dog meat as a traditional "stamina food."
According to the North Korean regime, not only does dog meat have more nutrients than other types of meat, it is also good for the stomach and intestines.
And oh, in order to increase the taste, instead of slaughtering the animal, it has to be beaten to death and its fur removed before being scorched.
Apparently, the entire state machinery has come together to promote the “super food.” Korean Central Television claims a reopened dog meat restaurant in Pyongyang is "being successful in making dog meat more unique."
Not the one to lag behind, the radio station, Tongil Voice, described dog stew as the "finest medicine."
North Korea experienced one of the worst famines in history, called the “arduous march,” during the '90s brought on by economic mismanagement, natural disasters and the collapse of the Soviet bloc. It claimed as many as 3.5 million lives.
When Kim Jong-un came to power in 2012, he promised the nation it would “never have to tighten their belts again.” In fact, he recently declared of 2016 as a “golden age” during which they would become “a thriving nation.”
But things haven’t changed much for the people of the country and after the new sanctions imposed by the United Nations after the hermit kingdom’s weapon tests earlier in the year, things have deteriorated.
“The road to revolution is long and arduous,” an editorial in the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper cautioned. “We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again.”
Disturbing reports started showing up in the international media of people being driven to cannibalism. All this while news of Kim spending huge sums rocket launches and luxuries for himself keep appearing in the media.
In fact, while his people fight poverty and starvation, the dictator has been piling up more pounds. He has apparently put on about 91 lbs. since his father’s death by gorging on food and drink, South Korean spies reveal.
Kim’s father’s former sushi chef has also talked about the leader’s love for fine food.
“I used to make sushi for the general (Jong-il) at least once a week and Jong-un always joined the dinner. So I could say Jong-un liked sushi,” said the chef. “He drank a lot. His favorite was Cristal, usually about two bottles [in a sitting].”
The expensive champagne was created for Russian Tsar Alexander II and costs around $232 a bottle.
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