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North Korean Leader Prospers While His People Starve

Courtesy: US Defense Department
February 17, 2014

A new report by the UN has found that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s spending for luxury items far outpaces that of his father, the former leader Kim Jong Il.  The new report, which also touched on human rights violations, found a devastating amount of human rights infractions and discovered that in 2012, Kim spent $645.8 million on luxury items.


North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s lavish spending — including on a private movie theater for 1,000 of his closest friends — eclipses even the legendary ways of his father, according to a U.N. report which also details the suffering of the Hermit Kingdom’s people.

The 372-page report, released on Monday after a year-long investigation into the country, says Kim Jong Un’s regime tried to import luxury Mercedes-Benz vehicles, high-end musical recording equipment and dozens of pianos.

Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011, was infamous for spending lavishly while his people starved. He reportedly had 17 different palaces within the nation, including a private resort near Baekdu Mountain, a seaside home in the city of Wonsan and a massive complex northeast of Pyongyang. The elder Kim, who was obsessed with Elvis Presley and American movies, reportedly spent $1 million per year importing cognac and had dozens of luxury automobiles.

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