N.Koreans Starve as Kim Jong-un Stuffs Himself

  • By Park Sang-ki

    June 01, 2023 11:54

    Deaths from starvation in North Korea have tripled over the last year, the National Intelligence Service here told lawmakers Wednesday, while crime and suicide are on the rise.
    It added that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is evidently well fed and weighs 140 kg but suffers from a severe sleeping disorder. 
    People Power Party lawmaker Yoo Sang-bum of the National Assembly's Intelligence Committee told reporters, "We were told that corn prices in North Korea surged 60 percent and rice 30 percent from a year earlier, reaching the highest levels since Kim Jong-un rose to power." 
    He added that violent crimes also tripled over the same period to around 300, while suicides surged around 40 percent, prompting Kim to denounce them as crimes against the socialist revolution. 
    "Considering that North Korean officials gathered the latest medical information overseas recently on ways to treat insomnia, the NIS believes that Kim is suffering from a severe sleeping disorder," Yoo said.
    The regime has recently been boasting that Kim works the whole night through until officials can barely keep their eyes open. 
    "North Korea is importing large amounts of Marlboro and Dunhill cigarettes and expensive delicacies, so the agency is looking at the possibility that Kim's reliance on alcohol and nicotine has increased and is making his insomnia worse." 
    During Kim's latest public appearance on May 16 he looked clearly fatigued, with dark circles under his eyes, while AI analysis assessed his body weight to be in the mid-140 kg range, according to the NIS.
    Since late last year, scars have been observed on Kim's hand and bicep caused apparently by scratching, which the NIS believes be a skin condition caused by stress or allergies.   
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