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May 20, 2015

North Korea

Lobster—Video—Kim Jong Un, Pissed Off




According to North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency, Kim Jong Un, the country’s Supreme Leader, recently carried out an inspection of the Taedonggang Terrapin Farm where he noted a number of “serious shortcomings”.


The turtle farm was also supposed to produce freshwater lobsters, but, because of the “incompetence, outmoded way of thinking and irresponsible work style” of its managers, it failed to do so, Kim said, according to KCNA.


North Korea is preparing to mark the 70th anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party, likely to be a lavish affair celebrated with the types of food the majority of North Koreans can only dream of.  But with the importation of luxury items halted because of United Nations sanctions, the reclusive state needs to produce its own—and that includes lobster.


The report of Kim’s visit to the farm comes a week after he ordered the execution of his defense chief, Hyon Yong Chol, who allegedly fell asleep during an official event.


Source: 1.  No Fresh Lobster?  Kim Jong Un Takes Aim at North Korean Terrapin Farm.  Paul Armstrong.  May 19, 2015.  2.  Video: Kim Jong-Un Turtle Farm Tangent: Ruler Spews Disdain for Lobster Breeding Fail.  May 20, 2015.  3. UPI.  Kim Jong Un Angry That Turtle Farm Failed to Breed Lobsters.  Kate Stanton.  May 20, 2015.

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